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Place d’Armes

Tour route Next section Previous section Back to Notre-Dame Est Boulevard Saint-Laurent Rue Notre-Dame West The Old Seminary and Notre-Dame Place d’Armes Rue Saint-Jacques Des Récollets Around Rue de l’Hôpital Rue Saint-Paul, near Place d’Youville Place d’Youville Western end of the Old Port Pointe-à-Callière and Place Royale Saint-Paul and de la Commune From Saint-Amable to Saint-Gabriel Place Jacques-Cartier Eastern end of the Old Bonsecours From Bonsecours to Berri Rue Notre-Dame East Champ-de-Mars
A long history

The first large church in the colony of Ville-Marie was built along Rue Notre-Dame. As early as the 1720s, people would come to watch military manoeuvres on the "Place d'Armes" next door. The square was laid out after the church was replaced by a new basilica.

Place d’Armes, 1928
Place d'Armes as seen by R. A. Sproule in 1828, before the old church was torn down.  

Paul de Chomedey

The monument to Paul de Chomedey de Maisonneuve, the founder of Montréal along with Jeanne Mance, has graced the centre of Place d'Armes since 1895. The work by Louis-Philippe Hébert includes several bronze figures commemorating the Ville-Marie period. 


Skyscrapers since 1888 

People and emotions since the beginning 

Place d’Armes

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