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UNESCO Monument (near left bottom)
The monument commemorates Old Quebec declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in December 1985. It is made of bronze, granite and glass.
Quebec City is the first North American city to be added to the list because it is the only remaining walled city north of Mexico.
Quebec City is one of the thirteen World Heritage Sites located in Canada. There are a total of 754 sites around the world.
Directions: In front of Chateau Frontenac at the north end of Dufferin Terrace in Upper Town.
The Ursuline Convent in Quebec
The Ursuline Convent is a complex of buildings with a girls' school, monastery, chapel and museum.
The Ursuline School is the oldest school for girls in North America. It was founded in 1639 by Marie de l'Incarnation and laywoman Madame La Peltrie, who came from France to help the new colony. Today, it is still a private girls school.
The old monastery is one of the few remaining 17th century buildings in Quebec City. It still has its original wooden walls and staircase. There are about 60 Ursulines living in the monastery.
The chapel is built in 1902, but the interior remained the same as the original, which was built in 1723, including some sculptures by Pierre-Noel Levasseur dated back to 1730s. The nave is decorated with paintings from the 17th and 18th centuries.
The museum occupies a house built in 1836, on the site of the former residence of Madame La Peltrie. It has many pieces of ornate embroidery, art, and furnitures from the 17th century.
Directions: The convent is located on rue Donnacona in Upper Town, a short walk from Edifice Price.
Parliament Building of the province of Quebec
The Renaissance style building was constructed in 1886 by architect Eugene-Etienne Tache. It houses the National Assembly, which is made up of 125 elected provincial Members of Parliament.
The front of the Parliament is decorated with 22 bronze statues of important figures in Quebec's history, such as Cartier, Champlain and Frontenac.
Free guided tours are available year round. The tour includes visiting the National Assembly Chamber, Legislative Council Chamber and the Speakers Gallery, all are beautifully decorated.
Directions: Steps from Porte Saint-Louis at the corner of Grande-Allee and Honore-Mercier Avenue.
Porte Saint-Louis is one of the four remaining gates in the fortifications. The current gate was built in 1878 by Lord Dufferin, the governor of Canada at the time. It replaced the initial gate, which was too small for traffic to get through.
Directions: On rue Saint-Louis between the Parliament Building and the Citadel.
The Wolfe-Montcalm Monument honoured both the British (Wolfe) and French (Montcalm) generals who died in the battle in 1759. The limestone/marble obelisk is 20 meters tall and was initially completed in 1828, rebuilt in 1869.
Directions: Located in Parc des Gouverneurs, next to Chateau Frontenac, and across from the boardwalk.
More steps to climb on Promenade des Gouverneurs
The west end of the boardwalk becomes the Promenade des Gouverneurs, with a warning sign of 310 steps edging along the cliffs next to the thick Citadel stone wall and leading towards the highest point in Quebec, Cap Diamant.
Directions: At the end of the Dufferin Terrace in Upper Town.
Great view of the St. Lawrence River & Lower Town
Terrasse Dufferin (Dufferin Terrace) is the wide boardwalk along the cliff in Upper Town, and has a panoramic view of the St. Lawrence River. It was built in 1878 by the governor of Canada Lord Dufferin.
It is a great place for a good stroll, people-watching, and watching the sunrise. Lots of street performers line along the boardwalk in the summer.
Directions: Near Chateau Frontenac In Upper Town by the edge of the cliffs
Edifice Price & Plaza des Jardins
Edifice Price (Price Building) is Old Quebec's first and only tall building. The 15-storey art-deco building was built in 1929 and was the headquarter of the Canadian lumber firm Price Pulp and Paper Company. It caused quite a stir from the nearby residences when it was built. As a result, the city does not allow any buildings taller than 60 meters.
The interior features two maple-wood elevators and copper plaques showing the scenes of the company's early activities.
In 2001, the top floors were converted into the official residence for Quebec's premier. Only the lobby is opened to the public.
Plaza des Jardins is where you can find the monument of the first Canadian cardinal and the archbishop of Quebec, Elzear-Alexandre Taschereau. The bronze and gold statue illustrates his devotion to God and assistance to the Irish victims of typhus in 1847.
Address: 65 rue Ste-Anne
Directions: Across the City Hall on rue Ste-Anne in Upper Town
Statue of Samuel de Champlain
This monument to Samuel de Champlain was erected in 1898, honouring the founder of Quebec, the governor of New France and discoverer of the Great Lakes. He saw the military and commercial importance of this site and established a town here in 1608 for New France.
Directions: Located on the north end of Dufferin Terrace (aka the boardwalk) outside Chateau Frontenac.
l'Hotel de ville de Quebec
The l'Hotel de ville de Quebec, or the City Hall, was built in 1895, on the site of the college des Jesuites (1635). The College was the main cultural and educational center of New France.
Guided tours are available from the main entrance of the City Hall.
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