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As the name implies, this gallery, located in the beautiful and historic Bonsecours area of Old Montreal, presents ceramic art both from recognized artists from around the world and recent graduates of the center's own school. The pieces are for sale at reasonable prices; watch for group exhibitions from Quebec ceramists, rotated on a semi-annual basis, and year-round student exhibits. This is a great place to find that unique ceramic gift for that special person.
Recent archaeological excavations in the cellar of the Notre-Dame-du-Bonsecours Chapel have unearthed the foundations of Montreal's first stone church, which was constructed by medical and educational pioneer Marguerite Bourgeoys in 1675. The museum, located at the back of the chapel, contains several exhibition rooms devoted to the history of the city, the chapel and to the story of Marguerite Bourgeoys, a nun credited with establishing the first hospitals in Quebec.
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.
Maple Delights is a charming spot and a must visit if in Old Montreal. This sweet bistro and museum is a wonderful way to discover this national pride. At the bistro you can relish delish baked goodies, gelatos, candies, waffles, milkshakes, coffees and sorbets, all with the goodness of maple syrup and sugar in them. Check out their small museum that gives an insight of how the sap is collected. You can also taste the products made from maple that highlight its unique quality.
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.