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Place Royale Quebec City  Canada
Place-Royale Quebec City  Canada
Place Royale Quebec City  Canada
Place-Royale Quebec City  Canada

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Place Royale

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.

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AFAR Contributor
about 6 years ago


This small cobblestone square in the Old Port is where it all started—the site where Samuel de Champlain founded Québec City in 1608. Presiding over it is Notre-Dame-des-Victoires Church, one of Canada's oldest stone churches and almost as old as the square itself, having been built in 1688. Today Place-Royale is mostly lined with boutiques and restaurants housed in carefully restored buildings. Visitors wanting to learn about the city's early history should drop by the Place-Royale Museum (Centre d'interprétation de Place-Royale) on the west side of the square.