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

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    1981 av. McGill-College

    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..

  • 2 Complexe Desjardins Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    150 Ste-Catherine St. West

    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..

  • 3 St. Helen's Island Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    Located to the east of Montreal, this small island, discovered by Samuel de Champlain in 1611, was named after his wife, Hélène Boulé. Transformed into a pleasant park, it has become popular for its cross-country ski trails in winter and its open-air..

  • 4 David M. Stewart Museum Interesting

    Museums and art

    20 chemin du Tour-de-l'Île

    After purchasing the island of St Helen in 1818, the British government erected a citadel. Today the latter has become is the David M. Stewart Museum, devoted to the history of European settlement in Quebec. The entirely renovated museum now features..

  • 5 Notre Dame Island Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    This artificial island, created in 1959 and enlarged in 1967, contains a Formula One racetrack, a pleasant lake and beach, and a superb floral garden designed for the International Floralies of 1980 and 2000. The Expo '67 French pavilion, formerly kn..

  • 6 Windsor Station Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Angle r. Peel et r. de la Gauchetière

    Designed by Bruce Price, famed architect of Quebec City's Château Frontenac, this distinctive railway station (1889) is one of Montreal's finest examples of the Richardsonian Romanesque style, characterized by towers, crenellations, turrets and round..

  • 7 Dorchester Square Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Formerly known as Dominion Square, this pleasant green space was renamed in 1988 in honour of Lord Dorchester, governor of British North America during the late 18C. Long considered the centre of the city, the square is surrounded by a group of remar..

  • 8 Christ Church Cathedral Interesting

    Religious buildings

    R. Ste-Catherine

    Topped by a single, slender spire a triple portico, ornate gables and gargoyles, this handsome edifice exemplifies the neo-Gothic style. The ivy-covered cathedral preserves a graceful interior, embellished by magnificent stained-glass windows and a b..

  • 9 Maisonneuve Monument Interesting

    Archaeological and historical sites

    Pl. d'Armes

    The monument in the centre of the square honours the founder of Montreal, Paul de Chomedey, Sieur de Maisonneuve (1612-76). A masterpiece by Louis-Philippe Hébert, the sculpture was completed in 1895 to celebrate the city's 250th anniversary. Maisonn..

  • 10 Saint-Boniface Museum Interesting

    Museums and art

    The hospital is located in the former convent of the Grey Nuns. A fine example of the architecture prevalent during the early colonization of Red River, this huge white oak building was built in 1846. It is the oldest edifice in Winnipeg. The museum ..

  • 11 The Windsor Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    1170 r. Peel

    Today one of Montreal's most distinctive office buildings, the Windsor Hotel was inaugurated in 1878 with a ball honouring the Marquis de Lorne (then governor-general) and his wife Louise, daughter of Queen Victoria. Seriously damaged by fire in 1906..

  • 12 Banque Royale du Canada Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    360 r. St-Jacques

    This building (1928) was the first erected in Montreal after the 1924 modification of zoning regulations. Inspired by the "Setback Law" of New York, the new regulation left more latitude to architects. At the time, the 23-storey bank was th..

  • 13 City Hall (Montreal) Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    275 r. Notre-Dame-Est

    The first important building in Quebec to adopt the Second Empire style was originally built in the 1870s. After a fire in 1922, the building was reconstructed by Joseph-Omer Marchand, who preserved the original walls but added a storey. General Char..

  • 14 McGill University Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    845 Sherbrooke St. West

    Set on the slopes of Mt. Royal, Canada's oldest university (1821) has witnessed much growth over the years. The buildings gracing the 32ha/79 acre campus reflect a variety of architectural styles. Located on the campus and housed in a large structure..

  • 15 Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA) Interesting

    Museums and art

    1920 r. Baile

    Designed by Peter Rose and Phyllis Lambert, the CCA (1989) is an original example of post-Modern architecture. Forming the core of the horseshoe-shaped building is Shaughnessy House, a Second Empire mansion built in 1874. The main building's interior..

  • 16 Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium Interesting

    Museums and art

    4777 av. Pierre-de-Coubertin

    Formerly located near the city center (1966-2011), since 2013 the Montreal Planetarium has taken up abode in a futurist edifice. The central structure is home to the permanent exhibition and offers a new vision of astronomy by way of numerous hands-o..

  • 17 Place d'Armes de Montréal Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Designed in the 17C by the Sulpician Dollier de Casson, this square long served as military drill grounds. A monument (Louis-Philippe Hébert) in the centre honors the founder of Montreal, Sieur de Maisonneuve, who, according to legend, killed the loc..

  • 18 Rue Saint-Jacques Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Financial heart of Canada until the 1970s, Rue Saint-Jacques, lined with a ho-mogeneous ensemble of 19C and early 20C buildings, still retains much of its former grandeur. Note in particular the Canada Life Assurance Building (no. 275), Montreal's fi..

  • 19 Bank of Montreal Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    119 r. St-Jacques

    Dominating the north side of the vast square, Montreal's main branch of Can-ada's oldest bank presents an imposing façade, evoking the Pantheon in Rome. Along with the Bonsecours market, the edifice (1847) is one of Montreal's finest examples of the ..

  • 20 Bonsecours Market Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    350 r. St-Paul-Est

    Originally constructed to house Montreal's first interior market, this building (1847) occupies the former site of the Intendant's Palace, destroyed in 1796. With its 163m/535ft freestone façade and lofty dome, the elegantly ornamented structure is b..

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