Montreal is a city like no other; it is full of history and a cultural that makes you want to stay. As you explore the beauty of Montreal and Quebec’s parks, museums and other tourist attractions you are sure to fall in love. Here are some must-see places to visit during your visit.
Basilique Notre-Dame, Montreal
Built by Irish architect James O’Donnel in the early 1800s, this landmark is the most significant in Vieux-Montreal. This substantial Gothic Revival structure has stunning stained glass windows along with 24-carat gold stars in its vaulted ceiling. It is one of the most impressive structures in the world, and a place everyone should see.
Musée des Beaux-Arts de Montreal
This museum houses some of the most impressive exhibits in North America; you can visit the graphic arts center and explore the dark fantasies of the human subconscious as you view works from some of the most prominent graphic artists of our time or spend some time exploring the ideas and aspirations of the 1960’s. With so much to see you may want to plan a day.
Basilique Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré, Quebec City
Noted as the oldest pilgrimage site in North America, this impressive shrine was built in 1658 as a shrine to Saint Anne, considered the mother of Mary and the grandmother of Jesus. Little is known bout her life, other than that the church believes her to be the mother of Mary, and that is enough to recognize her as such. This beautiful basilica is a shrine dedicated to Saint Anne, with over 240 stained glass windows consider the most impressive windows from the Middle Ages, this should be a stop on every walking tour.
Situated between the St. Lawrence River and downtown Montreal, Old Montreal covers roughly one-quarter of a mile and is best seen on foot. Settled by the French in 1642 was built as a Catholic community, later the town would be known as a major trading and military post that was at one time surrounded by walls. Today Old Montreal is the perfect mix of history and modern life.
Old Montreal may have been known for its past, but these days it is more known as an art district full of galleries, shopping, and restaurants. For hardcore foodies, the area houses some of the best restaurants in Montreal, including two owned by Iron Chef America winner Chuck Hughes.
Free Tours Montreal
Montreal is often referred to as a friendly version of Paris; it is also a very American friendly town, and a great place to visit during the warm summer months. The best way to take in the history and beauty of this one of a kind city is by walking. Here are few free tours that can get you started.
This tour will take you through the best sites in Old Montreal; it is the perfect way to get to know the area and it’s free.
This walking tour is available every Monday – Thursday. The tour includes The Place d’Armes, Place Jacques Quartier, The Chateau Ramezay as well as the Notre-Dame De Bonsevours Chapel.
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