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  • 1 Montreal Botanical Garden Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

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

    Montreal's Botanic Gardens, one of the most beautiful in the world, was created in 1931 by Brother Marie-Victorin (1885-1944). The site encompasses a massive 75 ha/183 acres, where theme gardens and greenhouses are home to over 22,000 species from al..

  • 2 Redpath Museum of Natural History Interesting

    Museums and art

    859 r. Sherbrooke-Ouest CDN - Montréal H3A 2K6

    This building (1882) was the first in Canada designed to hold a natural history museum. Its eclectic Greek and Renaissance façade evokes an antique temple. Inside, you'll find an incredible array of treasures, including Egyptian mummies and the skele..

  • 3 Chinatown (Montréal) Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    CDN - Montréal H2Z 1L1

    Montreal's Chinatown sprung up during the 1860s, with the arrival of Chinese immigrants from the American West. Nowadays, Chinatown remains lively and is a meeting point for the Asian community as well as a picturesque sightseeing destination for tou..

  • 4 Saint-Louis Square Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    R. St-Denis CDN - Montréal H2X 3L3

    Named for Emmanuel and Jean-Baptiste Saint-Louis, two eminent local businessmen, this picturesque, tree-shaded square is surrounded by lovely Victorian structures distinguished by their whimsical rooflines and gables. The district became a select nei..

  • 5 Calvet House Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    401 Bonsecours st. CDN - Montréal H2Y 3C3

    Constructed in 1725 on a lot belonging to French Protestant merchant Pierre du Calvet, this structure is Montreal's finest existing example of a traditional urban residence. Typical elements include unadorned fieldstone walls, firebreaks (the part of..

  • 6 Old Port of Montreal Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Entrances at r. Berri, pl. Jacques-Cartier, bd St-Laurent and r. McGill CDN - Montréal H2Y 2E2

    Stretching along the St. Lawrence River, at the foot of Place Jacques-Cartier, the Old Port has been transformed into a huge recreational and cultural waterfront park with biking and walking paths. It is also the site of a skate park, exhibition area..

  • 7 Montreal Science Centre Interesting

    Museums and art

    Bd St-Laurent - quai King-Edward CDN - Montréal H2Y 2E2

    Divided into two levels, the centre stages temporary and permanent exhibitions in an amusing and educational manner. Mission Gaia invites the visitor to save humanity by participating in a giant interactive game. Science 26 enables you to take part i..

  • 8 Dominion Square Building Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    between Rue Peel and Rue Metcalfe CDN - Montréal H3B 2T9

    This imposing Renaissance Revival structure (1929) evokes the grandeur of 15C Florentine palaces. The edifice displayed several features considered innovative for the time: an underground parking area and two-level shopping mall, and the first wooden..

  • 9 St. George's Anglican Church Interesting

    Religious buildings

    R. de la Gauchetière CDN - Montréal H3B 2S6

    Erected in 1870, this charming Gothic Revival church is the oldest building on Place du Canada. The well-proportioned interior features a striking double hammer-beam vaulted ceiling of red pine and spruce. Of special interest are the oak reredos with..

  • 10 Maison Alcan Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    1188 r. Peel CDN - Montréal H3A 3G2

    The headquarters of Alcan Aluminium Limited, a major producer of aluminium, features an innovative amalgamation of old and new. Designers of the structure (1983) successfully followed preservation regulations by integrating into its façade the five 1..

  • 11 Ritz-Carlton Hotel Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    1228 r. Sherbrooke-Ouest CDN - Montréal H3G 1H6

    The Ritz-Carlton conjures up nostalgic thoughts of the Roaring Twenties. The elegant structure (1912) features a Renaissance Revival façade of limestone embellished with terra-cotta ornamentation, and a wrought-iron canopy illuminated by superb lamps..

  • 12 Rue Saint-Denis (Montreal) Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    CDN - Montréal H2X 3L3

    This avenue is lined with attractive town houses, today occupied by restaurants, art galleries and fashionable stores. Named after Denis-Benjamin Viger, an affluent landowner during the mid-19C, the street was frequented by wealthy Francophones who e..

  • 13 Montreal History Centre Interesting

    Museums and art

    335 pl. d'Youville CDN - Montréal H2Y 3T1

    The Montreal History Centre is located in a former fire station (1903), featuring elements of Dutch baroque architecture. Today the museum is dedicated to Montreal's history from 1635 to the present. Objects, videos, sound tracks and interactive modu..

  • 14 Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours Chapel Interesting

    Religious buildings

    400 r. St-Paul-Est CDN - Montréal H2Y 1H4

    This small church, topped by a copper steeple, stands on the site of a wooden chapel commissioned by Marguerite Bourgeoys in 1657 and destroyed by fire in 1754. At the rear of the church a 9m/30ft statue of the Virgin Mary faces the St. Lawrence. Go ..

  • 15 Place de la Cathédrale Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    600 Bd de Maisonneuve-Ouest CDN - Montréal

    Post-Modern in design, this distinctive, 34-storey office tower (1988; Webb, Zerafa, Menkès and Houdsen) reveals the influence of the adjacent cathedral, as much by its pointed arched entrances, colonnades and deep embrasures as by its pitched roof a..

  • 16 Saint-Gabriel House Interesting

    Museums and art

    2146 pl. Dublin - pointe St-Charles CDN - Montréal H3K 2A2

    In 1668 Marguerite Bourgeoys built a house here to care for the filles du roy, the King's wards. Destroyed by fire in 1693, the structure was rebuilt five years later on the old foundations. Restored in 1965 and today considered one of the oldest str..

  • 17 Château Ramezay Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    280 r. Notre-Dame-Est CDN - Montréal H2Y 1C5

    Situated across from City Hall, this squat, fieldstone residence (1705) is a lovely example of early-18C domestic architecture. Constructed for Claude de Ramezay, 11th governor of Montreal during the French regime, the building has undergone several ..

  • 18 Sir-George-Étienne-Cartier National Historic Site Interesting

    Museums and art

    458 r. Notre-Dame-Est CDN - Montréal H2Y 1C8

    This limestone, mansard-roofed structure, composed of two adjoining houses, was the home of George-Étienne Cartier (1814-73), one of the Fathers of Confederation. Displays trace his life and career as a lawyer, businessman and politician. Refurbished..

  • 19 National Bank of Paris (BNP) / Laurentian Bank Towers Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    1981 av. McGill-College CDN - Montréal H3A 3K3

    Completed in 1981, the sprawling, twin-towered structure is designed in a play of angles and shapes. The metallic-blue glass exterior of the office complex camouflages the actual number of storeys within (16 and 20 storeys) and reflects the neighbour..

  • 20 Complexe Desjardins Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    150 Ste-Catherine St. West CDN - Montréal H5B 1E9

    Opened in 1976, this complex appears heavy and austere, as four towers embrace an immense inner polygon-shaped atrium lined with three galleries of shops and restaurants. Protected from the harsh Montreal winters, the huge central space is frequently..

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