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Place d'Armes

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Address: Between St-Jacques St and Notre-Dame St, Montreal, Quebec H2Y 1T1, Canada
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Activities: Walking
Description: This major plaza in Old Montreal, built in the 17th century, once served...
This major plaza in Old Montreal, built in the 17th century, once served as the training grounds for the military.
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Outside Notre Dame

This is the square in front of the Cathedral. If you are there on the weekend you will see a lot of wedding parties. They get married in the chapel then pose for pictures inside... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 17, 2015
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North Palm Beach, Florida

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Largo, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

In front of the cathedral is this nice square. It's a good spot for people watching, sitting and listening to some music, etc... Also good for pictures of the cathedral. Best pictures are from way back, to get the whole massive cathedral in the picture.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

Great people-watching spot, and of course the Notre-Dame Basilica being right there makes it even more wonderful!

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North Palm Beach, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

This is the square in front of the Cathedral. If you are there on the weekend you will see a lot of wedding parties. They get married in the chapel then pose for pictures inside the church and then in front. It is a big party with all of the tourists jostling the event photographers to take shots of the... More 

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Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015 via mobile

A good place to start your walking tour of Old Montreal, with benches to rest on and view the juxtaposition of old and new buildings. Not sure what to make of the "snooty" male and female bronze statues on the left side of the plaza.....some English vs. French dig?

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

Nice little square outside Notre dame. Very popular area always lots of people taking photos and sitting around. Horse and carts pass by often.

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Longwood, Florida, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

Very nice place to people watch or to wait for the church to be available to tour. Have a drink a the rooftop bar at the hotel on the corner.

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New York City, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

There were approx. 20 or 30 people on this small square, but half of them were taking photos of the facade of the Notre-Dame church which stands in front of Place d'Armes. The distance between the square and Notre-Dame is good for tourists to take the photo of 'whole' of the Notre-Dame. The statue of Maisonneuve in this square was... More 

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Amherst, New Hampshire, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

Once this was a beautiful park, with trees and grass, now it is a plaza, with a brick floor. Once it paid homage to the history of the developement of Montreal, now it just serves as a monument in stone, to "something". Once beautiful and functional, now it is a monument to how people, working within the concept of "improvement"... More 

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Jacksonville, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

There's nothing more central in downtown Montreal than this plaza. It's a great central landmark in case you get lost from your group. We were able to sit here for an hour and really enjoy the great view and take all kinds of pictures from every corner of the plaza

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Newton, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

Some of the touristy stuff gets overbearing in a city like Montreal, this beautiful square is a great location to come spend a half an hour, people watch, and see some of the beautiful sights of the city. Avoid the cruel horse carriages, and go for a healthy stroll on your won from here.

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Vieux-Montreal (Old Montreal)
The historic center of Montreal, Vieux-Port is home to some of the city's most antiquated buildings and picturesque streets. Along the waters of the St. Lawrence River, the bank of Old Port features museums, festivals, food stalls, and outdoor athletics, a celebrated part of the city that explodes into fireworks displays on warm summer nights. At its center, street performers and artists compete with sprawling restaurant terraces for space along Jacques-Cartier Square, while the cobbled streets of Rue St. Paul and Rue Notre-Dame offer a reprieve of quiet galleries and atmospheric wine bars. Horse-drawn carriages are not an uncommon part of traffic, and the narrows they traverse are lined with boutiques, crêperies, and poutine shops enshrined in buildings of stone and wooden lattices. Here you can evoke Montreal's past with a traditional cooking lesson or historical tour, then enjoy its artistic present with live music and theater.