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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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This major plaza in Old Montreal, built in the 17th century, once served as...

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Place D' Armes

Beautiful old hotel, I stayed in the older section of the hotel. Located in the heart of old Montreal, you get a European feel from the city. The staff is accomodating. The hotel... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Coral Springs, Florida

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Coral Springs, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Beautiful old hotel, I stayed in the older section of the hotel. Located in the heart of old Montreal, you get a European feel from the city. The staff is accomodating. The hotel has fine restaurants, bar, spa and fitness center. The room is large. well decorated, bathrobes. To visit St. Patrick's Basilica was a short subway ride. And Nortre... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2016

When you are walking through the old Montreal you will pass in front of this square and it is worth a photo, only this.

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Ottawa, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016

This square is always in flux with tourists and cameras passing through. It's old world charm is predictable and inviting and gets a lift with an artistic touch of a light installation and a local musician busting on the square. 99% friendly if you wear a smile

Thank CapCityNomad
Los Angeles, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2015

This square is the heart of old Montreal or so it seems. There are lots of shops surrounding it and the area is suitable for walking however, I believe for a person with a slight disability this area and it's cobblestone may prove to be a bit of a challenge. Nevertheless it is truly worth a visit

Thank sunni2014
Walnut Cove, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2015

was here on Nov 1, 2015. I did not see anything of great interest. There are some people offering carriage rides through Old Montreal where you will see a bunch of old empty buildings

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2015

I prefer Place d'Armes in the fall; a little less tourist traffic and fewer peddlers, etc.- a bit more laid back. Because of the metro station it's usually my gateway into Old Montreal and the old port. The statue of De Maisonneuve, the founder of Montreal, always reminds me of the battles between the French & the Mohawks that occurred... More 

Thank Ian G
Rhode Island
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 206 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2015

Great spot to sit, relax, enjoy some occasional street performer's music and people watch. Good vantage point for some photos and seems to be a starting point for some horse drawn carriages...

Thank yaflincoln
Guaynabo, Puerto Rico
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2015

Nice and pretty architecture. Good to take a short stroll or relax a bit. But don't spend too much time here as there are a few beggars also that tend to congregate in the area and every few minutes one will come and ask for money.

Thank JX07
Georgetown, TX
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2015

This is only a one square block, but it serves as a gathering spot, vaguely like Times Square in New York or Market Square in Krakow. The Notre-Dame Basilica in on one side, and there's a statue in the middle. There's an endless stream of musicians that play for a short time intent on selling their CDs. There are a... More 

Thank David B
Atlanta, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2015

Nothing exciting; just an open space. Some historical markers and statues. Might be a nice place to have a picnic.

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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.