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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

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

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

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nice statue

With the Notre Dame Cathedral at its background, this is a very good picture-taking spot in Montreal. This is also a good starting point of a walk in charming Old Montreal. It... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Las PInas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

With the Notre Dame Cathedral at its background, this is a very good picture-taking spot in Montreal. This is also a good starting point of a walk in charming Old Montreal. It gets a bit busy and crowded though.

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Grand Island, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

directly across from the Cathedral, Place d'Armes is an open space with places to sit and enjoy the city. we were doing a lot of walking, and this made the perfect stop.

Thank elaineb9000
Calgary, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This square looks on the Notre Dame Basillica, as well as the oldest bank in Canada. Square is a nice area to take pictures and take in the surround history and architecture

Thank Tips369
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Not much happening in November. Well lit at night, with festooning on nearby buildings. Nice view of cathedral at night with moon rising behind.

Austin, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Pause here to enjoy one of many examples of the juxtaposition of old and new Montreal. Too bad the statue of the city's founding father leaves out any mention of its founding mother.

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Ede, The Netherlands
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This square has on one side the beautiful Bank of Montreal and at the other the Majestic Notre Dame Basilica. In the middle there is a statue of the French hero Paul de Chomedey, which replaced the statue of King George III, that was stolen by French activist and found much later back in a cess pool. Also other sculptures... More 

Thank Joop V
South Slocan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 1, 2016

Where good shoes and just take it all in This is just one of the many places you should enjoy seeing.

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Sandy Hook, Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 25, 2016

This was my favorite place to sit and relax and people-watch during my trip. The statues and building, both old and new, told wonderful stories. Notre-Dame was breathtaking. There was always someone performing music and numerous picture-taking opportunities.

Thank TomCT714
Santiago de los Caballeros, Dominican Republic
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 24, 2016

This is THE center where you can find great buildings with different architectures and historical importance. Spontaneous street performances, people, shops, restaurants. It's a very nice expression of Montreal.

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Derby, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2016

One of the main squares of the old own there are some nice buildings. There are also two comic statues which are very detailed

Thank Sam3314

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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.
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