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

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
Derby, United Kingdom
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Derby, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

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

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

The place d'armes is unique as there is Notre-Dame Basilica, the first bank in Canada (bank of Montreal building) the first elevator in Canada in the first High rise ever built (reddish stone building on the east side of place d'armes), and the oldest wall and building in Montreal right beside the Basilica. I suggestion this as a starting point... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We spent quite some time here enjoying the musicians and taking in the activity of this central plaza right in front of the Basilica Notre Dame. Lots to take in with families, tourists , musicians as well as a plethora of colours. We did sit on the benches and watch the flurry of activity. Unfortunately the rain did come so... More 

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Edmonton, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Nice to sit around and listen to the musicians play music or grab a coffee at a cafe and sit in the sun to view the beautiful sights of the Cathedral, BMO bank etc.

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Auburn, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is the heart of Montreal. The square has a central fountain with notable figures and streets are lined with beautiful buildings including the Basicila Notre Dame. There are benches.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We actually spent quite a long period of time in Place d'Armes - on a hot Saturday afternoon in late August. It was a happening place. Because it is right in front of Notre Dame Basilica, a number of wedding parties were having their photos taken there. One group even had an ice cream stand set up to treat their... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a nice open square with not much going on. The Notre-Dame Basilica fronts onto it from the south so it generates a lot of foot traffic. 3 sides of the square have picturesque historic buildings. A monster dark office building sits on the west side and casts a shadow across the square. I spent a few minutes resting... More 

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Preston, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We spent almost the complete day here. The weather was brilliant and there was so much to see and do - lounge around the square and enjoy the music - one couple even got up to dance. The Basilique Notre Dame is the main attraction but we were told about the First Bank of Montreal which was situated opposite the... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It was pretty small where you can take a few pictures with the monuments or the horse and carriage. Just take a few pictures, Nothing exciting.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a veritable heart of the city which offers a striking historical panorama! Here all the periods of Montréal's past are gathered in one place, around a monument dedicated to the city's founders. This section features the oldest standing building in Montréal, the huge church of the city's mother parish, the head office of the country's oldest bank and... 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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