"Place des Armes" Old Montreal Tip by mikey_e

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Place des Armes is one of the three main squares in the Old City (the other two are the Place d'Youville and the Place Jacques-Cartier). The Place des Armes is quite close to the downtown core and contains the Notre Dame Basilica, the first building of the Bank of Montreal, the New York Life building and the Aldred Building, which is done in Art Nouveau style. The variety of architectural styles that can be seen in such a small space is quite impressive, although they all range over only a few decades at the end of the 19th century and start of the twentieth century. The centre of the Place is occupied by the Paul de Chomedey monument, which is dedicated to the young man of the same name who helped to defend the city of Ville-Marie against Iroquois attacks. The Place des Armes is today a very popular tourist destination that attracts crowds even early in the morning. You can buy flowers here during the summer, and the horse-drawn carriages start lining up at 9AM, waiting for tourists looking for a unique way to see the old city.

Address: Place des Armes
Directions: Between Rues St. Paul and St. Jacques; Place des Armes subway station
Phone: 311
Website: http://Old Montreal, Montreal, QC, Canada

Review Helpfulness: 4 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Sep 3, 2009
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