Maisonneuve Monument
Maisonneuve Monument
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Neighborhood: Ville-Marie
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  • Place-d'Armes • 3 min walk
  • Champ-de-Mars • 8 min walk

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JimmyJackk
San Marcos, CA5,183 contributions
May 2019 • Couples
Monument located at Place D’Armes. 124 years is tribute to Paul Chomeday. Very nice statue that seemed largely ignored due to the fact it’s right in front of the Notre-Dame Basilica.
Written May 19, 2019
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Dimitris L
Sydney, Australia45,371 contributions
Sep 2023 • Couples
The Maisonneuve Monument is a tribute to a famous “Canadian”! Paul de Chomedey, sieur de Maisonneuve, was a French military officer. In 1642 he established Fort Ville-Marie (which is modern-day Montreal) in what was then New France or the present Province of Quebec. Ville-Marie was set up on the shores of the Island of Montreal, where a chapel, a hospital and a small settlement were built. Maisonneuve served as the first governor of Montreal. The monumental sculpture stands in the middle of Place d’ Armes, facing the Notre-Dame Basilica which is located just a little further away on the street opposite, and behind the monument is a magnificent building housing Canada’s oldest bank, the Bank of Montreal, established in 1817. Quite a contrast!
Written November 7, 2023
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Charbor
7 contributions
Oct 2019
The Place d'Armes has an artistic feel to it, kind of remiscent of Vieux-Québec or Europe. It is especially nice to visit at night. The Notre Dame Basilica is an imposing structure with a Gothic feel to it, and the interior is stunningly beautiful! Try to catch one of the light shows that they have every evening. This is in close proximity to the rest of Vieux-Montréal, so it is convenient while visiting this district. Within a five to ten minute casual walk of the Place Jacques-Cartier and the Château Ramezay, and outdoor cafes and places to eat are plentiful near here.
Written November 23, 2019
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retireeVancouver
Vancouver, Canada1,829 contributions
Sep 2019
The statue in the middle of Place d'Armes honors, Maisonneuve, the founder of Montreal. He is shown dressed in clothing typical for European gentlemen of the 1600s and in his hand he holds a swirled French flag with which to claim the land for France. This statue was erected in the late 1800s on the 250th anniversary of the founding of Montreal. I think its great when cities honor important historical figures with statues, and this one, also, has a nice composition. The main figure, Maisonneuve, is placed high up on the pedestal, but not so high as to disappear into the sky. The 4 crouching bronze figures, placed at the 4 corners of the pedestal, provide a mid-level viewpoint while the fountain base in which the statue is set carries the eye down to the ground level where water is spouting out of the mouth of, no doubt, some Greek god. I had to look up who the crouching figures represented as I didn't see any other names than Maisonneuve's and the date, 1642, on the statue's bronze plaque. At first glance, the crouching female figure appeared to be a settler's wife and toddler while the 2 men appeared to be settlers engaged in activities like wheat farming and hunting. On the 4th corner the Iroquois warrior appeared to be watchful, but armed with a quiver filled with arrows. Between these crouching figures were 4 bronze reliefs showing important events in Maisonneuve's life. This statue makes a great photo and the space given to it indicates the importance of this man to the city. Combine a visit to this statue in Place d'Armes with a visit to the Notre Dame Basilica which is located across the street from the square.
Written October 8, 2019
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futtock21
London, UK11,618 contributions
Jul 2019 • Family
This is a statue of Montreal’s founder Paul Chomeday de Maisonneuve situated in the Place D’Armes. It was unveiled on 1 July 1895 to commemorate the 250th anniversary of the city three years earlier. It sits atop an obelisk itself displaying sculptures of other historic figures around each of the four sides of its base.
Written July 28, 2019
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70AmyRH
New Hampshire34 contributions
Jan 2019 • Family
Just had to stop in overnight to Place d'Armes after skiing in Canada. A beautiful night in Vieux-Montréal. We ate well at Brasserie 701, bundled up to walk and wander down the quaint streets, and rode the ferris wheel and marveled at the ice skaters just a short distance from one of my favorite rivers--St. Lawrence!
Written January 17, 2019
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PookyCake
Victoria, Canada13,885 contributions
May 2023 • Couples
Located at the Place d’Armes, the Maisonneuve Monument was created by famed sculptor Louis-Philippe Hebert and erected in 1895. If the name “Hebert” sounds familiar that’s because he was considered one of the best – if not THE best – sculptor of his day. Hebert’s impressive works dot the landscape of Montreal and Ottawa (many of his sculptures can be found on Parliament Hill, including an outstanding statue of Queen Victoria). The level of detail Louis-Philippe Hebert is able to capture in his sculptures – and the Maisonneuve Monument is no exception – is simply outstanding. From the facial details to the “wrinkles” in the clothing, it is no wonder Hebert was so sought after to develop and create these important works, many of which pay homage and tribute to important figures in Canadian history.

Speaking of history, Hebert was commissioned to create the Maisonneuve Monument as a way to celebrate Paul Chomedey de Maisonneuve and the 250th anniversary of the founding of Montreal (then called Ville-Marie). As far as sculptures that tell a story, the Maisonneuve Monument is epic in this regard because it, in effect, speaks to the founding of Montreal and how it took a variety of actors to bring the city to life. Consider:

At the zenith of the monument stands Paul Chomedey de Maisonneuve, the founder and first Governor of Ville-Marie (modern day Montreal). He stands poised and serious – looking towards Notre-Dame. The flag of the king of France in his hand, ready to proclaim and claim the “new” land. At the column’s mid-base sits four figures important to the history of Montreal: Jeanne Mance, the first lay nurse in North America and founder of the first hospital in Ville-Marie; Raphael-Lambert Closse, the governor’s lieutenant; Charles Lemoyne, who was responsible for the security of the new township; and an “anonymous Iroquois warrior” who is there for their functional and practical purpose, being stewards of the land (and, hey, they caught Hebert’s imagination!).

Curiously, the monument was splashed with red paint in 2018 as part of what I call our retroactive “anger” towards historical figures because what was acceptable a few hundred years ago isn’t acceptable today. “Gassy Jack” in Vancouver suffered the same fate a couple of years later. Sometimes I think these acts of “protest” are just an excuse for people to vandalise parts of the city.

In any event, the Maisonneuve Monument, in my view, represents one of Louis-Philippe Hebert’s best works, which says a lot given the quality he produced. It tells a story; is highly detailed; and, has stood the test of time. If you’re exploring Old Montreal, and pass through the Place d’Armes, be sure to take a moment and appreciate this statue. It helps set the stage and context of the area.

PS: Looking back at my notes, I’d started penning this review in July and then obviously got distracted by other things. Such is life, I suppose ;)
Written November 28, 2023
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unescotravelbug
Wooster, OH4,214 contributions
Jul 2023 • Family
Maisonneuve Monument, was designed by two architects Albert Mesnard and Joseph Venne, to commemorate Paul de Chomedey de Maisonneuve, one of the city’s founders and first governor of Ville-Marie.

Artworks and craftsmanship of the bronze sculpturing was facilitated by artist Louis-Philippe Hébert who specialized in bronze sculpting techniques. This project was commissioned in 1892 by the local citizens for the 250th anniversary of the founding of the city in 1642. The bronzes which made up the main elements of the monument were cast in Paris by the Thiébaut Frères House. The project was not completed till 1895. On July 1, 1895 commemoration and ceremony of Maisonneuve Monument, was finally unveiled at the historical center of the city, today’s Place d’Armes. It has since been one of the main attractions around Place d’Armes besides Notre-Dame of Montréal.

At the top of the monument is a small patriotic bravery statue of Paul de Chomedey de Maisonneuve, founder and first governor of Ville-Marie, holding the flag of the king of France in his right hand and a sword on his left hand.

Below the statue is a scroll bearing the first coat of arms of the city of Montreal, designed by the city's first mayor, Jacques Viger.

Below the pedestal are four worthy of mentioned legendary figures from the 17th Century, whose contributions signifying history of Montréal in the making. Here are their stories-

Statue of Jeanne Mance, the first lay nurse in North America and founder of the first hospital in Montréal, the Hôtel-Dieu. She is portrayed by the artist Louis-Philippe Hébert with a comforting and calm face. She looks down at the child’s wounded hand and gently places a bandage on it. She was recognized by the municipal council in 2012 as a founder of Montréal, an equally important role with the founder Paul de Chomedey, Sieur de Maisonneuve.

Statue of Raphaël-Lambert Closse, major of the garrison and the governor's lieutenant. He is most known for his work in fighting the Iroquois. His dog Pilotte in the crook of his arm.

Statue of Charles Lemoyne, a colonist, farmer and soldier, who was responsible for the security of Ville-Marie. Charles Lemoyne was also a slave owner. He later set his slaves free and renounced slavery of any kind.

Statue of an anonymous Iroquois warrior representing Iroquoian-speaking confederacy of Native Americans of the Five Nation.

At the base of the column are bas-reliefs, depicting significant historical events of Montréal ( Ville-Marie )

Four semi-circular water pools decorated with mythological figures, spewing water from their mouths. Here is the place where kids and adults can enjoy their leisure strolling around the plaza, listening to the sounds of the spewing water and feeling the cool mists on their faces in the hot summer days, or take a tour of Notre-Dame Basilica of Montréal nearby.

To get there:
Metro Orange Line Stop Place d’Armes
Written October 8, 2023
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LostInTime
Pittsburgh, PA11,709 contributions
Aug 2023 • Family
It’s a pretty nice statue in front of the big church. I heard a tour guide say it’s one of the founders of the city which is cool. It’s well done.
Written August 15, 2023
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Film G
New England973 contributions
Feb 2023 • Couples
A statue of one of the founders of Montreal, it’s in the old military parade grounds, now a small park. Stop and look while walking through the park, then keep going.
Written February 16, 2023
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