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Montreal Olympia Theatre is a heritage venue standing tall in the Old district of the town. l'Olympia Theater is an extraordinary point on the map of the city and has played hosts to concerts and events immeasurable. Artists such as Gilles Vigneault, Tori Amos, Georges Brassens, Loreena McKennit and Rita Mitsouko to name a few have been the ones to have graced the halls of this wonderful place. With its captivating performances and archetypal architectural wonders, l'Olympia is truly magnificent!
Musée des Beaux-arts de Montréal has put together one of the best collections of fine art in North America. The museum moved to its present location just before the World War. The Jean-Noel Desmarais building holds most of the temporary exhibits while the permanent collection lies in the Benaiah Gibb building across the street. The museum also stages special programs such as lectures, noontime and evening concerts, and films.
One of the most well established private galleries in Montreal, this prestigious space specializes in contemporary Canadian art, especially in the Inuit communities from the north. Pieces range from traditional soapstone carvings to surprisingly complex and occasionally harrowing depictions of animals and other figures. Elca caters to a very upscale clientele.
The namesake of the city and one of its most recognizable landmarks, Mount Royal is the city of Montreal's highest point. The volcanic hill is a part of the Monteregian Hills, nestled between the Appalachian Mountains and the Laurentians, its highest summit measuring at 233 meters (764 feet). At its highest point sits the Mount Royal Cross, originally installed in 1643 by the city's founder, Paul Chomedey de Maisonneuve, in honor of Mother Mary who he believes saved the colony from a potentially devastating flood. The existing, illuminated cross was added in 1924. Beaver Lake and the Mount Royal Park are other popular features of the hill, just west of Downtown. The park, in particular, is renowned as one of the city's largest, originally designed by Frederick Law Olmstead, and the venue of the weekly Tam-Tam Jams. For unmatched views of the city, Mount Royal's Camilien-Houde and Kondiaronk Chalet lookouts offer sweeping vistas over Downtown and East Montreal.
Home to one of the more upscale neighborhoods of the city, Avenue du Parc offers a fair share of attractions, be it stylish boutiques, restaurants, cafes or bars. Amid all this chaos, there lies the imposingly grand building of the Théâtre Rialto. A silent observer to the neighborhood's history, this neo-baroque landmark was built between 1923-1924, and served as a popular cinema house for several decades, shutting down in 1990. For several years hence, the theater remained unused, undergoing some modifications and renovations. Since 2010, however, the theater has been re-opened and is today a prominent venue for various cultural and entertainment venues. Be it concerts, live theater, or film screenings, Théâtre Rialto is an ideal venue. Call or see the website to know more.
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, renowned 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.