Rue Saint-Denis, Montréal, QC H2X, Canada
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Place St-LouisEven though you may have never been here before, Montréal's Place St-Louis, in the Plateau neighborhood off of rue St-Denis, will probably look familiar thanks to the many tourism posters and guidebook covers that display its image. The graystone Victorian row houses, with details in pink, purple, and other eye-popping hues, embody a certain Montréal attitude—grounded in history yet with a playful, contemporary edge. The square was laid out in 1876 and has been described as one of Montréal's most beautiful, with a European elegance thanks to its tree-lined paths and fountain. Students of poetry may want to pay homage to Émile Nelligan. A monument to the beloved Québecois writer sits in the southeast corner of the square near the house on avenue Laval where he once lived.
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In the late 18th century, Montréal had outgrown its walls and among the first neighborhoods to be developed was the Plateau Mont-Royal. It is still a lovely residential area, and also has busier commercial streets lined with small shops and restaurants. At the heart of the neighborhood, on Rue Saint-Denis, Square Saint-Louis (Carré Saint-Louis) is the green heart of the neighborhood. Laid out in 1876, its Victorian design matches the row houses of the same era that overlook the square. Made of typical greystone with mansard roofs, they provide a popular Montréal photo op.