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 disgorge 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. Check website for opening hours for visitors.
Saint Joseph's Oratory in Montreal is the nation's largest church, its regal dome second in height only to St. Peter's Basilica in Rome. A small chapel dedicated to Saint Joseph was built at the site in 1904 by Brother André, renown for his miraculous ability to heal the injured and ailing. He was later beatified in 1982 and canonized in 2010. Completed in 1960, the renaissance church that replaced the original shrine encompasses a basilica, a votive chapel lined with discarded crutches, and the heart of Brother André amongst several other treasures. Outside, the Stations of the Cross grace the sculpture garden where scenes from the film Jésus of Montréal were shot. The oratory itself is a striking beauty that dominates the skyline for miles around, its elegant dome rising high above the bucolic scene. One of the world's most revered Catholic shrines and an important place of pilgrimage, Saint Joseph's Oratory inspires wonder in the hearts of the devout and the simply curious.
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.
Christ Church Cathedral is nestled within the central region of the city and has been serving it since the early 19th century. Designed by famed architect Frank Wills, Christ Church Cathedral is a great example of 19th-century Neo-Gothic architecture. Inspired by the Gothic-style churches of the 14th century, the cathedral displays some impressive architecture through intricate designs and awe-inspiring stone-work. Its aluminium steeple, square crossing tower and stone spire are some of its key features, which were considered a rare sight in its time.
Located in the cultural and tourism heart of Old Montreal, this neoclassic building dates from the mid-18th Century. It has been home to a city hall, a reception center, and public markets. In fact, following an 1849 fire in the Parliament Building, it became the seat of the United Canada Government. Today, following two restorations, the silver-domed building is used as an exhibition hall. It teems with sidewalk cafes, boutiques, souvenir shops and fine arts galleries. You will find everything from maps to fashion accessories and First People's art.
The Bank of Montreal is a building that was formerly occupied by a branch of the Bank of Montreal. This historic sandstone building was constructed in 1894 and features Queen Anne style of architecture with its Flemish motifs and shaped gables. The site was designated as a National Historic Site of Canada in 1990.
This monument is dedicated to Admiral Horatio Nelson, who lost his life in the Battle of Trafalgar.
Named after the Champ-de-Mars Park near Montreal's City Hall, the Champ-de-Mars Station is a metro station located on Sanguinet Street. Highlighted by its unique architectural design, the station was established in 1966 as per Adalbert Niklewicz's genius. Various artworks that are housed within it set the station apart, these include Marcelle Ferron's exceptionally glorious stained glass windows. The Orange Line Station truly combines artistic expression and modern approach that form the microcosm of Montreal's history and progress.
As you walk along the Place des Arts in Quartier des Spectacles, between the Place des Festivals and Le Parterre, you'll find the Promenade des Artistes. A fascinating use of public space and a unique design concept; you'll find eleven windows or 'event vitrines' designed by the prestigious design firm Daoust Lestage. Open to the public, these glass boxes or vitrines are perfect to house temporary exhibitions as well as local events. Modern design concept and technology are combined to create a unique space within the city, that is both an attraction as well as a cultural hot-spot in Montreal. Please visit the website to find out what activities and events are currently on.
The Rue Saint-Paul is named in the honor of Paul Chomedey de Maisonneuve, Canada's governor. This street has the charm of Old Montreal and is known for attractions like Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours Chapel and Bonsecours Market.
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.