Along with the buildings constructed for Expo 67, the structures built for the 1976 Olympic Games give Montréal's cityscape a decidedly contemporary flair. The swoop of the tower of the Olympic Park (Parc Olympique), which leans at a mind-boggling angle of 45 degrees, remains one of the city's most identifiable landmarks. Visitors can ascend by funicular to the top of the tower, at a height of 165 meters (541 feet), for sweeping views of the city. The stadium is the most famous building by the French architect Roger Taillibert and is still used for sporting events; there are also architectural tours offered. Finally, the Biodôme, home to more than 4,500 animals and 500 different plant species, now occupies the former velodrome, also designed by Taillibert.
By John Newton, AFAR Ambassador
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