Dating back to the year 1647 and replacing a former chapel, the Cathedral-Basilica of Notre-Dame de Québec is a listed World Heritage Church and the first of its kind to be elevated to the rank of minor basilica. The church is a fine example of Neo-classical architecture and its interior was designed by Jean Baillairgé. A tour to the cathedral would take you through the main features of the cathedral that includes the stained glass windows, paintings and the tomb of Quebec's first bishop, François de Laval.
The grand Château Frontenac is not only the most recognizable feature of the Quebec City skyline, it holds the Guinness World Record for being the "most photographed hotel in the world". Perched on a hill overlooking St. Lawrence River, the monumental chateau-style hotel was custom built in 1893 for the Canadian Pacific Railway as a luxury resort. The original hotel was designed by Bruce Price and completed by William Sutherland Maxwell who added the iconic central tower in 1924. Although not the tallest, Château Frontenac dominates the city skyline with its peculiar silhouette; an undeniably exalted example of Victorian Architecture. The hotel is now the Fairmont Le Château Frontenac, featuring over 600 guestrooms of varying sizes, each luxuriously appointed and many offering incredible views over the St Lawrence River.
Les Artisans du vitrail is a welcoming place where artisans are busy working on their masterpieces on stained glass. While taking a tour, visitors come to understand how intricate pieces of stained glass art are created. The museum also educates visitors about the history of art of stained glass. Here, artisans are involved in restoring old stained glass work as well creating new masterpieces like lampshades, doors, and other articles. Visitors can buy products such as glasswares, frames, candles etc as a token of remembrance from here as well.
Galerie d'art du Château Frontenac is well-known for the best in contemporary art by Quebec artists. This gallery has been offering services for the last eighteen years now. The gallery exhibits the works of upcoming artists as well as those created by famous artists who passed away. Whether you're looking for something to adorn your home or simply adding to your prized collection, you're sure to find something suitable.
The imposing spire of this magnificent Neo-Gothic edifice is one of the most recognizable in the old city. Built in the 1850s, Chalmers-Wesley United Church is an extremely well-preserved monument, with stellar architectural details and original features. As you step-in, the stained glass windows from the late 19 Century will take your breath away. The sanctuary, with its original woodwork itself is worth admiring. Besides worship services, the church is actively involved in music and hosts a very popular Summer Concert Series. Check website for more.
Built in 1817, Chapelle des Jésuites is one of the earliest places of worship in the old city. Right from the eye-catching steeple to the stellar architectural features inside, the original features of the church have been well-preserved. Designed by renowned architect, Francois Baillarge, the church features notable works of historic art including the striking stained-glass windows as well as statues. The church provides reading material for those keen to know more about its history and features, and also offers guided tours. Call for more information.
Edifice Marie Guyart is the tallest building in Quebec. 31 storeys high, it houses the Observatoire de la Capitale on the top most floor. The Edifice Marie Guyart is a commercial building and was constructed during the 1960s. The building is also known as Complex G and was named Edifice Marie Guyart in honor of Marie de l'Incarnation. The building serves as an important landmark because it houses notable ministry offices of Quebec. It is a must visit because of the panoramic views that if offers from its higher floors.
Formed in 1953 by renowned author Ron Hubbard, Scientology has since gained numerous followers around the world, and Quebec City is no different. The Church of Scientology's Quebec City chapter was established in 2010 with much fanfare. The spacious facility offers Scientologists, a peaceful avenue to practice and explore their beliefs. The church is open to all, and offers numerous resources for visitors keen to know about Scientology and its beliefs.
House of Coulombe-Dorion was bought by the Coulombe family in 1975. The house is one of the oldest houses in the Limoilou neighborhood and its architecture reflects French and English influence. This old beauty faced the threat of demolition because of industrial development, but was later saved. The house is now a museum and also the headquarters of the Society of Saint-Charles River. The house now features permanent exhibits talking about the ecosystem of Saint Charles River.
Situated in front of the iconic Quebec City Armoury, Place George-V is an open space and one of the major landmarks in the neighborhood. The magnificent Je Me Souviens wall memorial is the major attraction at Place George-V. Surrounded by historic buildings and popular hotels, this place is bustling with locals and tourists alike at all times. Various community events and festivals are hosted here on a regular basis.
Place D'Youville is a popular square located at the St-Jean Gate to the Old City and is always full of life during every season. In the warmer months, street musicians perform for tourists and locals, while skateboarders and rollerbladers take a break from the urban bustle. In winter, hit the skating rink for a leisurely afternoon with a nice view. Located between the Parliament Buildings and the Artillery Park National Historic Site, this is a great starting point for any tour of Old Quebec.