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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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Ideal place to begin Old Montreal walking tour

Just two blocks from a metro station, this plaza is a key focal point for Old Montreal. It has statues and street artists. Dwell time would be about 15 minutes.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Cupertino, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Square with central statue would have been better if it was explained to the casual visitor. I didn't see a plaque but maybe I missed it. I only knew more later, from the walking tour.

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This is a wonderful place to see the contrast between Old Montreal and the modern city that surrounds it. This historic square is a great place to people-watch or take selfies. It's a place to sit and rest, to run and play, or to think and contemplate. The square is always busy during tourist season, mainly due to its proximity... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The area is a wonderful place to take photos. It is near many other places you would want to visit and experience. Many photographic gems to be collected with your camera.

1 Thank Voyageur-Du-Monte16
Nanaimo, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Great place to people watch. A large plaza with several statues regarding the French-English relations/forming of the region. Central location - across the street from Notre-Dame & a metro station. Live music, close to touristy shops and little eateries.

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Cupertino, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Just two blocks from a metro station, this plaza is a key focal point for Old Montreal. It has statues and street artists. Dwell time would be about 15 minutes.

Thank Explorer100
Leominster, MA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This square in great for people watching and frequently has performers. We saw people dancing like robots to juke boxes, a terrific saxophone player, and a guitar trio playing classical music. There's an ice cream/coffee shop across the street and this is the perfect place to enjoy your ice cream while taking in the sites and sounds.

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Terrigal, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This square lie in the centre of Old Montreal in front of Notre Dame Basilica. It is always busy and is surrounded by an interesting mix of architecture. There is much to see and plenty of photo opportunities. The classical Bank of Montreal building is opposite the basilica. There is also the Old Seminary (beside the basilica), the red sandstone... More 

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Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Live music, great pics of the Basilica and the first bank and first skyscraper in Montreal. Look at the frontispiece at top of the Bank of Montreal and see an Indian/Aborigine with a moustache...lol If open you can visit the Bank for free and see the names of their employees that died in the Great War. The Basilica is only... More 

Victoria, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This area was VERY crowded while we were there because the Basilica is right there as well. It's a beautiful area, and great place to take in a bit of history. Definitely a must if you are visiting this area.

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Santa Ana, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A fantastic starting point for your sightseeing adventure in Montreal. Since other reviews and guides can describe it much better than I can, how about I list some basic directions to help you on your way? North: Old Montreal, 10 minutes or less walk. East: Old Port, 10 or less South East: Great row of restaurants and charming streets. West:... 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.