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Montréal Science Centre is a science and technology center that has quickly become one of the Old Port's biggest attractions. Along with the IMAX theater, there are a number of major permanent exhibitions including the world's first electricity-to-water and water-to-wind transformers, and various temporary exhibitions which anchor the museum. Experience science in a whole new way as the hands-on and interactive exhibits open your eyes to new wonders, and teach you a lesson or two about how science functions in our daily life. Helping children and adults translate text book knowledge in to reality, Montréal Science Centre is not just an attraction, but also an invaluable educational resource. The food court is on site and will keep you fueled as you uncover the mysteries of science.
The oldest existing building in the city of Montreal, erected between 1684 and 1687, this seminary stands as a testament to the Sulpician nuns, under whose stewardship the fledgling province of Quebec developed. Designed by François Dollier de Casson, salient features include the field-stone walls, lush gardens and the oldest church clock on the continent, itself a striking piece of work. The building is a sober piece of work, more an artifact of colonial pragmatism than a religious monument.
Notre-Dame's twin towers have served as an Old Montreal landmark since the Neo-Gothic basilica was finished in 1829. Today they continue to be the focal point, where tourists disembark from buses and calèche drivers line up for passengers. The interior glows with gilded statuary and gold-leafed fleurs de lys, and is home to one of the largest pipe organs in the world. The Montreal Symphony Orchestra performs its Christmas production of Messiah here at the Basilique Notre-Dame de Montréal or the Notre-Dame Basilica.
A part of the popular Place d'Armes square, the Maisonneuve Monument was sculpted by Louis-Philippe Hébert. It is dedicated to Paul Chomedey de Maisonneuve, the city's founder.
Located between St-Jacques and Notre-Dame Streets, this square dates from the late 17th Century. Surrounding it are many of the original buildings from subsequent historical eras, including Notre-Dame Basilica and the St-Sulpice Seminary. At the center of the square is a statue of Paul de Chomedey, the "Sieur de Maisonneuve" and founder of the city. Most tourists today also know the square as the place where they can find a calash ride through the streets of Old Montreal.