Plans for the construction of the Mary, Queen of the World Cathedral first began in 1852, soon after Saint-Jacques Cathedral was destroyed by fire. At the behest of Ignace Bourget, the architect Victor Bourgeau was assigned the ambitious task of designing a cathedral in the image of the magnificent St Peter's Basilica in Rome. The architectural masterpiece was completed in 1894 and is renown today as one of Quebec's most revered religious sites. Inside a spectacular baldachin adorns the altar and elaborate paintings depict the early history of Montreal, while outside exquisitely wrought statues of the city's 13 patron saints watch over the people, replacing the 12 statues of Christ's apostles that adorn the exterior walls of St Peter's Basilica. The cathedral remains a sacred place of worship even as it attracts droves of tourists who are drawn to its austere beauty and artistic treasures.
Division Gallery is located in Toronto and Montreal; the one in Montreal is owned by art enthusiasts Pierre and Anne-Marie Trahan. The main purpose of this gallery is to portray and showcase the contemporary side of Canadian and International art. Division Gallery being a commercial art gallery shares the building with Arsenal which is another contemporary art gallery. The duo together supports and promotes some of the best Canadian and international artists. This is one place that art aficionados simply cannot skip.
Located on the banks of the Rivière des Prairies, this 30-hectare (75-acre) shore side park combines historical sites with parkland. Guests enjoy guided tours, a theater, a boutique and even an outdoor cafe, as well as observation points along the river. Depending on the season, you can picnic, hike, cycle, bird-watch or fish to your heart's content. In the winter, cross-country ski or snowshoe down the groomed trails.
The Notre-Dame Street is a historic street running parallel to Saint Lawrence River. This beautiful street dates back to 1672, and has the prestigious city hall located on it. The street also used to have the Château Vaudreuil, Dominion Park and Montreal's Citadel.
Galerie d'Art Le Bourget is a popular art gallery in Montreal. Established in 1997, it has been showcasing work of local as well as international artists on a regular basis. From oil paintings, to still life and abstract art, there are wide range of paintings from several artists. The art presented here is unique and beautiful. Artists such as Nathalie Chiasson, Raymond Caouette, Pascale Bellot and many more showcase their work. Drop by and see the beautiful artworks for yourself. Call for more information.
The Grande Bibliothèque is also known as the National Library which contains the Quebec archives. It was in the early 1900s that these archives were first found. Today, they have been made open to the public as a part of a democratic system of distributing knowledge. With a huge collection of books and archival material, this library sees more than 50,000 visitors on a weekly basis. Magazines, journals and e-books are now also available here.
Thanks to the Our Lady of the Harbour statue atop its dome, made famous by poet-songwriter Leonard Cohen, this chapel is known as The Sailor's Church. Inside are original Édouard Meloche (1886) frescoes on wooden slats, and you can look out over the Old Port from an observation tower. The chapel underwent extensive renovations as well as archaeological excavation. The new interpretation center includes artifacts pre-dating the arrival of the New France colonists in 1642.
Saint Jacques Street or the St. James Street has been an important street of the city since its opening in 1672. In different eras, this street has always been the financial center of the city owing to the buildings of various companies built here. Insurance, banking, utility companies, you name it and the sector was present. Montreal City and District Savings Bank, Canadian Pacific Express, Royal Bank of Canada, New York Life Insurance Company and many other esteemed companies were or still a part of the Saint Jacques Street.
Located in Old Montreal, the Rue de la Commune was originally named Rue des Commissaires as per the commercial complexes that once lined it. Overlooking the Saint Lawrence River, the street is home to many important tourist attractions like Montreal's Old Port and Pointe-à-Callière Museum. Stretching almost 1.5 miles (2.3 kilometers) in length, Rue de la Commune forms an important route of commute in the city.
A popular square in the neighborhood, Place de la Paix is buzzing with activity throughout the year, as besides being a hangout, it also plays host to numerous events. Call to know more.