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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...

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Heart of Old Montreal

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 13, 2015
Ian G
Edmonton, Canada

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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Edmonton, Canada
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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 203 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...

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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.

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Georgetown, TX
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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 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2015

Formerly the financial center of this City. The BMO Head Office with its Columns , the Boutique Hotel, the SAQ, the Notre Dame Cathedral and Basilica and the seat of the Archbishop of Montreal next door. Also, a great place to grab a Caleche. Below the hill is the Convention Center (centre des Congres) where the Merto Station Place d'Armes... More 

Thank Andre E
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2015

Here we can found the event around on weekend. Last time we had Comiccon held near this place. Also other place such as the building was very artistic!

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Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2015

Really great place to be, summer or winter. All Montréal history is all around you: the first skyscraper, the jewel of Montreal bank, the incredible Notre-Dame basilica. Musicians are there year round. You can spend hours in summer just drifting away in dreams. On winter evenings you fall under the magic of the glistening tree in front of the basilica... More 

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Winnipeg, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2015

This is such a neat square to people watch, listen to street musicians, and see some of Montreal's most beautiful architecture! I'm sure most of this city's 8 million tourists visit here during their stay.

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Staying in Vieux-Montreal (Old Montreal)

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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.