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Place d'Armes

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Vieux-Montreal (Old Montreal)
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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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Beautiful square at all times

Place d'Armes is one of the oldest public squares in Montreal with at its center the monument in memory of Paul de Chomedey, founder of Montreal. Many iconic buildings surround... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Joseph G
Montreal, Canada
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Atlanta, Georgia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Beautiful place to stop and marvel at historical, French inspired architecture and monuments including a memorial monument to Paul de Chomedey de Maisonneuve, the founder of Montreal. The square is surrounded by the Basilica Notre-Dame, Saint-Sulpice Seminary, the New York Life Building (Montreal's first high rise) and Bank of Montreal. In addition symbolizing the French and British heritage represented in... More 

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Montreal, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Place d'Armes is one of the oldest public squares in Montreal with at its center the monument in memory of Paul de Chomedey, founder of Montreal. Many iconic buildings surround the place including the Notre-Dame Basilica, Saint-Sulpice Seminary, New York Life Building, the art deco Aldred Building, Bank of Montreal head office and the modern 500 Place d'Armes. During warm... More 

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San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Place d'armes has a very strong presence as you are towered over by the Cathedrale Notre-Dame! In winter it is all lit up and glowing colors! In the summer, tons of tourists and people from all over the world come to check out the statues and masonry on the beautiful cathedral!

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 10, 2016

A huge area almost always full of tourists. The Monument to the Founders of Montreal is worth really checking out as there is so much to learn. Statues of the man & woman with their dogs are amusing as one snubs the country's first bank & the other the country's first parish. The Basilica is a huge edifice that dominates... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 8, 2016

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 December 7, 2016

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.

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Calgary, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 30, 2016 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

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 20, 2016

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

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 17, 2016

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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 8, 2016

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 

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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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