Place d'Armes, Montreal

Place d'Armes, Montreal (must see)

Place d’Armes square is one of the oldest public sites in Montreal. This square was developed in 1693 and played a major role as a stage for various military events in the past. Located between Notre Dame and Saint Jacque Streets, Place d’Armes square is an outstanding historical vista.

The square boasts of Paul de Chomedey monument designed by Louis Philippe Hebert. Buildings that represent different eras surround this square. Montreal’s first skyscraper – the New York Life building – is located along the square.

An exquisite art deco was added to the square in 1929. The Aldred building is another impressive skyscraper situated nearby. This architecturally impressive building is designed in such a manner that the street below gets maximum natural lighting.

The National Bank of Canada Tower, built in 1967, is also a part of Place d’Armes square. This building was constructed in a post-war architectural style and is the only example of its kind in the city.

Notre Dame Basilica is the centermost local attraction. It was built in 19th century and is an excellent example of neo-Gothic movement. The decorative elements of this basilica are impressive. The interiors are carved from rare woods and are painted or gilded. The large rose windows allow muted light inside enhancing the ambiance.

Why You Should Visit:
Beautiful place to stop, have a coffee or snack and marvel at the historical, French-inspired architecture and monuments including a memorial monument to Paul de Chomedey de Maisonneuve, the founder of Montreal. Beautiful views of Notre Dame to boot.
Sight description based on wikipedia

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Place d'Armes on Map

Sight Name: Place d'Armes
Sight Location: Montreal, Canada
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
Guide(s) containing this sight: City Orientation Walk II   Old Montreal Walking Tour  

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Souvenir Shopping Part 3

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Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.0 km
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Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 7.9 km

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