Montreal

By: Sharon White
Montreal is a fun city with friendly people, European flavour and an abundance of restaurants and nightlife. The world second largest French speaking city after Paris Montreal is alive with French culture, romance and charm. The city sits on an island forty kilometers long by fifteenth wide where the Ottawa River travels into the Saint Lawrence. Mount Royal is an extinct volcano in the middle of the island and it affords the best view of the city at two hundred and thirty two meters above the sea level. At the south end of Mount Royal Park is one of North America most visited shrines. Saint Joseph Oratory attracts over two million pilgrims annually to pay homage to St.

Joseph, the patron saint of Canada. The basilica whose copper dome is the second largest in the world after St. Peters in Rome dominates the grand Italian Renaissance style structure. Another popular church in Montreal in the Old Montreal Place dArmes is the Notre Dame Basilica which was built in 1829. The Montreal Symphony Orchestra records and performs here along with many other famous musical organizations and individuals.

Old Montreal is the most beautiful, quaint and romantic part of the city, with cobble stoned streets, artists and atmosphere galore. Place Jacques Cartier which was originally opened as a marketplace back in 1804, is now the most popular Old City square with outdoor cafes, vendors and horse drawn carriage tours. Of architectural interest is the imposing Bank of Montreal which was built in 1847, with its striking Victorian exterior and opulentArticle Search, marble pillared interior. The Old Court House was built in the neoclassical style of the middle of the nineteenth century and Hotel de Ville (City Hall) is a gorgeous structure and one of the most modern in Old Montreal even though it dates from 1878.

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