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  • 1 Notre Dame Basilica Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    110 r. Notre-Dame-Ouest CDN - Montréal H2Y 1T2

    This twin-towered church rises on the south side of the Place d'Armes. Completed in 1829 under the supervision of James O'Donnell, the Gothic Revival basilica is especially renowned for its magnificent interior. The opulent decor, designed by Victor ..

  • 2 Vieux-Montréal Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    CDN - Montréal H2Y 1P6

    Bounded by the Old Port, Saint-Jacques, Rue Berri and Rue McGill, Montreal's historic core was originally enclosed within imposing stone walls erected in the early 1700s. During the 19C the settlement expanded and Montrealers moved outside the fortif..

  • 3 Montreal Botanical Garden Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    4101 r. Sherbrooke-Est CDN - Montréal H1X 2B2

    Over 21,000 international plant species are exhibited in 10 greenhouses and 30 outdoor gardens. The reception centre (1995) leads to an introduction greenhouse for a preview of the plant kingdom. The serres d'exposition (conservatories) present a wid..

  • 4 Montreal Museum of Archaeology and History Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    350 pl. Royale CDN - Montréal H2Y 3Y5

    Opened in 1992, this museum complex brings alive the fascinating history of Montreal from its very beginnings here at Callière Point. In the contemporary Éperon Building (don't forget to climb the tower for a great view of the modern city), visitors ..

  • 5 Sun Life Building Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    1155 r. Metcalfe CDN - Montréal H3B 2V6

    This magnificent Beaux-Arts edifice (1913), constructed of steel sheathed in white granite and adorned with colossal colonnades on its four façades, occupies the entire east side of Dorchester Square. Headquarters of the Sun Life Insurance Company, t..

  • 6 Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    185 r. Ste-Catherine-Ouest CDN - Montréal H2X 3X5

    Rising to the west of the Place des Arts, this imposing edifice houses Canada's only institution devoted exclusively to contemporary art. Spacious, well-lit galleries display works selected from the permanent collection of more than 7,000 paintings, ..

  • 7 Olympic Village Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    north side of r. Sherbrooke, east of r. Viau CDN - Montréal H1T 3X1

    Nicknamed "the Olympic Pyramids," these twin 19-storey buildings (1976) were constructed to house 11,000 athletes for the Olympic Games. Inspired by the complex at Baie-des-Anges in southern France, their exterior galleries and walkways are..

  • 8 The West End Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    CDN - Montréal H3K 2A2

    This shoreline drive offers the visitor to Montreal a pleasant break from the bustle of the city. Beginning on the southwestern outskirts of the City of Mont-real, a panoramic road leads to the western tip of the island. The meandering lakeshore driv..

  • 9 St. Joseph's Oratory Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    3800 chemin Queen-Mary CDN - Montréal H3V 1H6

    Dominating the northern section of Montreal, this famed Roman Catholic shrine, set on the slope of Mt. Royal, is distinguished by its colossal dimensions and an octagonal, copper-clad dome. A small chapel dedicated to the healing powers of St. Joseph..

  • 10 Place Montréal Trust Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    1500 av. McGill-College CDN - Montréal H3A 3J5

    This enormous edifice (1989) of rose marble blocks partitioned by sheets of pastel blue glass occupies the entire left side of the block between Rue Sainte-Catherine and Boulevard de Maisonneuve. Conceived by the architects E. Zeidler, E. Argun and P..

  • 11 Place Jacques-Cartier Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    CDN - Montréal H2Y 3B2

    Lined with outdoor cafes and flower parterres, this charming cobblestone square is lively all summer, especially in the evenings, when street musicians and acrobats entertain the crowds. Created in 1847, the square was named for the famous explorer w..

  • 12 Place des Arts Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    260 Bd de Maisonneuve-Ouest CDN - Montréal H2X 1Y9

    Montreal's premier cultural complex for the visual and performing arts consists of three structures bordering a central square. The imposing concert hall (1963) is flanked by a theatre building (1967) and the city's contemporary art museum (1992). Th..

  • 13 Downtown Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    CDN - Montréal

    Bordered by Rue Saint-Jacques to the east, Rue Sherbrooke to the west, and Saint-Denis and Atwater streets to the north and south, the city's commercial and cultural heart lies to the west of Old Montreal. The downtown developed into a prosperous and..

  • 14 Mary Queen of the World Basilica-Cathedral Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    1085 r. de la Cathédrale CDN - Montréal H3B 2V4

    Commissioned by Msgr. Ignace Bourget to reinforce the Catholic presence in a predominantly Protestant district, this monumental church is distinguished by large Greek columns, ornate decoration and a row of statues crowning the cornice. Designed by V..

  • 15 Olympic Park Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    4545 av. Pierre-de-Coubertin CDN - Montréal H1V 3N7

    Constructed to accommodate the 1976 Olympic Games, this gigantic sports complex has become the symbol of Montreal's East End. The park includes a stadium and tower, a sports centre with six swimming pools, and a velodrome, which now houses the Biodôm..

  • 16 Mount Royal Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    CDN - Montréal H3H 1A2

    Known to Montrealers as "the Mountain," Mt. Royal has become one of the city's most popular leisure spots. Rising abruptly from the otherwise flat plain, the 233m/764ft mountain forms part of the Monteregian Hills, a series of eight peaks l..

  • 17 Rue Saint-Paul Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    CDN - Montréal H2Y 3V4

    Along with Rue Notre-Dame, this narrow street is one of the oldest in Montreal. Its curves and dips are explained by its origins as a footpath along the riverbanks between the fort and the hospital. In 1672, Dollier de Casson straightened the street ..

  • 18 Place Ville-Marie Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    1 pl. Ville-Marie CDN - Montréal H3B 2E7

    This four-building complex ushered in the renaissance of the downtown area. Completed in the 1960s, it became the centrepiece of Montreal's underground city, an extensive network of spacious corridors connecting various hotels, office buildings, depa..

  • 19 McCord Museum of Canadian History Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    690 r. Sherbrooke-Ouest CDN - Montréal H3A 1E9

    One of Canada's foremost historical museums, the McCord was founded in 1921 and underwent extensive renovation in 1991. Holdings provide a fascinating insight into Canadian history, from the era of Indian settlement to the present day. In addition to..

  • 20 Montreal Museum of Fine Arts Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    1380 r. Sherbrooke-Ouest CDN - Montréal H3G 1J5

    This 140-year-old institution boasts a permanent collection of over 33,000 objects ranging from Old Masters to contemporary Canadian art. The Beaux-Arts main edifice, known as the North Pavilion (1912), presents Canadian art, decorative arts and anti..

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