Iconic, Historic Old Montreal
Old Montreal is iconic in the sense that it is where North America meets Europe, and where history meets the present; in fact, Old Montreal could fool North American visitors into believing they've traveled halfway across the world. Whether it's the 300-year-old cobblestone streets, the dramatic architecture inside Notre-Dame Basilica, the lively Place Jacques-Cartier, or the many upscale restaurants along Rue Saint-Paul, Old Montreal is not short of iconic things to see, do, and eat.

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Notre-Dame Basilica of Montréal

In the heart of Old Montréal, Notre-Dame Basilica (Basilique Notre-Dame) stands on the site of the 1672 parish church built by the Sulpician order, which received a land grant in the settlement then known as Ville-Marie. The current church, however, was largely built from 1824 to 1829 and is in a soaring High Gothic style. While the basilica is not the cathedral for Montréal, it is a spiritual and cultural heart for the city’s residents and a site of many significant events—from the state funeral for Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau (for which his son Justin Trudeau, who is the current prime minister, gave the eulogy) to the wedding of Céline Dion.

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by John Newton
AFAR Ambassador

AFAR Ambassadors are in-the-know bloggers who have a passion for experiential travel.

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