Quebec City

By: Sharon White
Quebec City is divided into two parts. They are Upper Town and Lower Town. The northeastern end of Upper Town is still surrounded by walls. These walls hold many treasured attractions such as the stunning basilica of Notre Dame. This beauty has endured a long history of bombardment, reconstruction and restoration but remains a powerful symbol of how strong a role the church plays in Quebec history. The Ursuline Covent and Museum is the oldest girls school on the continent. Among the many wondrous structures is some additional charm with surprises like Rue du Tresos leading from Place dArmes where artists gather to display their works, and the latin Quarter with the eighteenth century homes, cafes and shops.

The best known landmark towers above Upper Town at the height of Cap Diamant. The Castle like Chateau Frontenac Hotel which was built in 1892 is enchanting by day and night. Alongside the castle is the Dufferin Terrace which is a perfect place to stroll and view the lovely Saint Lawrence.

Lower Town focal point is Place Royale which is a beautiful square with elegant seventeenth and eighteenth century houses. Old Port is the place to attend open air concerts, theater and craft markets. Outside of the walls there is a star shaped Citadel which was built by the French in 1750. The Citadel stands on the highest point overlooking the city. This old fort serves as a base to today Royal 22s. The Changing of the Guard during summer months is popular with visitors. Running southwest from the Citadel is a pleasant, hillyArticle Submission, treed park known as Battlefields Park.

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