Notre Dame des Victoires Roman Catholic Church at Place Royale, Royal Square with shops and restaurants and people on the terrace of Maison Smith cafe. Old Quebec City. Quebec, Canada. …glise Notre-Dame-des-Victoires, Ville de QuÈbec.
Oleksiy Maksymenko / age fotostock
The Place Royale in the Lower Town is a modest cobblestoned square lined with some souvenir shops and restaurants, in restored buildings that span the 17th to 19th centuries, as well as Notre-Dame-des-Victoires, which dates from 1688 (making it the oldest stone church in North America). While it may be small in scale, it looms large in terms of its symbolism: This is where Quebec City was founded, in 1608, so it’s a symbolic heart not just of the city but of the province. The church, which sits in the middle of the square, has been rebuilt several times over the past three centuries; its interior has been extensively restored in recent decades to bring it closer to its original French colonial character. On the north side of the square, the Musée de la Place-Royale covers the long history of the square and its inhabitants, beginning with Samuel de Champlain.