Olympic Village, Montreal
In 1976, Summer Olympic was held in the City of Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The Olympic Stadium is now the venue for Fairs, Sports, and Musical Events. The Tower is 175 meters which is the highest inclined tower in the world. I have taken a couple of shots of this remarkable stadium in different angles and I am convinced that this is an amazing and unique icon of the beautiful City of Montreal. I highly recommend the Olympic Stadium which I believe is a "must see" for its panoramic view. An elevator takes you to the top of the Tower. It is recommended to bring binoculars to be able to recognize and have a close look of the beautiful city with its buildings and wonderful landscape. You will also have the opportunity to tour other attractions within the Olympic Stadium which include (1) Biodome showcasing the Polar Worlds of the Arctic and Antarctic, the Tropical Forest and the Laurentian Forest. (2) Insectarium which is the only one of its kind in North America. (3) Botanical Garden which is a beautiful sight to see with thousands of species. Come visit Montreal and explore an array of attractions that will surely be a memorable event for every tourists of all ages.
We drove to Montreal from Toronto and naturally, our first target was the site of the 1976 Olympics! That nice inclined tower was actually added after the games -- and I read somewhere that it cost a lot of money and was quite controversial.
This tower is called in French, La tour de Montréal, and is actually incorporated into the base of the Olympic Stadium. It is the tallest inclined tower in the world at 175 metres, and is a member of the World Federation of Great Towers.
The" Big O" is a reference to both the tower's name and to the doughnut-shape of the permanent component of the stadium's roof - but when we were there, I just called it the Olympic Tower of 1976. Wasn't disco just about dying during that time?
But the views at the top of the tower are wonderfully panoramic. The kids had fun riding the funicular which I think cost less than $20 per person. It is a quick ride but worth it just to get your curiosity out of what's up there. But of course, the pictures are better when you take them at the outside with the tower at your background.
French architect Roger Taillibert designed the Olympic stadium for the 1976 Summer Olympics. This event put Montreal at the center of the world's attention, making it a major tourist destination. In addition to the stadium and other facilities, the park boasts the world's tallest inclined tower, offering some of the best views of the city and the St Lawrence River. A funicular elevator takes visitors to the top. There are also snack bars and other facilities. This is one of Montreal's best attractions.
This unique structure was built as part of the Olympic stadium for the 1976 Montreal Olympics games. Today it serves as an observatory. Cost to go up is $14 Canadian. The funicular going up is pretty cool but if its just views of Montreal you are interested in the views from Mont Royal are much better and free.
Paris has the Eiffel Tower, New York, the Empire State Building, Toronto, the CN Tower, and Montr?al, the highest inclined tower in the world. Looming over the Olympic Stadium, it has become the uncontested symbol of the city. Built for the 1976 Olympic summer games, the stadium is the bold design of French architect, Roger Taillibert. This imposing structure, adorned by the Tour de Montr?al (Montr?al tower), is without a doubt the preferred arena for major sporting events, rock concerts and large gatherings. Take a ride in the funicular to one of three observation decks offering an unobstructed view of Montr?al and its surroundings.
In 1976, the summer Olympics were held in Monreal. The Olympic Tower was built as part of the Olympic Stadium, although the tower wasn't fully completed until after the Olympics. It is the world's tallest inclined tower, at almost 575 tall.
There is an observatory at the top of the tower. There is a short ride in a sort of diagonal elevator to the top; only about a minute. There isn't much at the top, but you don't need much other than the 360 degree view of Montreal. From Mount Royal to the St. Lawrence River, it has some beautiful views.
There is a gift shop at the top.
It costs $14 for an adult admission.
Conceived to be a highlight of Canadian technology this risky construction suffered lots of problems that made its costs to mount until "impossible" levels.
Its funny to read what Wikipedia says about it:
The stadium was designed by French architect Roger Taillibert to be a very elaborate facility featuring a retractable roof, which was to be opened and closed by a huge 574 foot (approx. 175 metres) tower — the tallest inclined structure in the world, 6 feet taller than the Washington Monument, and the sixth tallest building in Montreal. The Olympic swimming pool is located under this tower.
Initially projected to cost C$250 million, the stadium's costs quickly spiraled out of control. The Quebec government introduced a special tobacco tax in May 1976 to help recoup its investment. The final cost of the stadium was to be C$1 billion, which is scheduled to be paid off in October 2006. Perceived by many to be a white elephant, the stadium has also humorously been dubbed The Big Owe (or Uh-O). ...
Problems plagued the stadium from the time it opened for the Olympic Games--which at that point was only half built. Seating 58,500 at the time, the stadium was not fully completed in time for the games due to strikes by construction workers, leaving it without a tower or roof for the opening and several years following. Both the tower and the roof, made of over 60,000 feet (approximately 18,500 meters) of kevlar, were not completed for over a decade, and it was not until 1988 that it was possible to retract the roof. The 65-ton roof then proved difficult to retract, and was occasionally torn in heavy winds
Anyway, it's an interesting building (at least for those who didn't have to pay it) even by night, as it happened to us.
Olympic Stadium was built for the 1976 Olympics (but was not completed on time due to a strike) and was used by the Montreal Expos for some of their home games until they moved to the US and became the Washington Nationals. The stadium was not completed until 1987, and the total cost for construction was over $1 billion!!!
In 1991 a 55 ton concrete beam fell from the roof, forcing a temporary closure of the stadium.
The tower is the world's tallest inclined structure and offers a great view of the city, though from quite a distance.
Visit the observatory at the world´s tallest inclined tower at the Olympic Stadium.
A funicular-type elevator with outside windows brings you to the top of the tower (175 metres), where you have a superb view of Montreal and the surroundings.
Around the Olympic Stadium are a few more interesting sites like the Biodome with four natural ecosystems.
The Olympic Stadium was the first landmark I spotted from the plane window when arriving to Montreal. The Stadium with its inclined tower is a very impressive sight - thou it still provokes controversial opinions among the locals since its reparations have cost the city (ie. the tax payers!) quite a bit.
The Stadium was built for the 1976 Summer Olympic Games and nowadays it hosts mostly trade fairs and sports events with 55 000 seats.
The Montreal Tower rises up to 175 metres which makes it the highest inclined tower in the world (with a 45-degree angle). You can get into the funicular which will take you to the top in a couple of minutes. (The price was $6 in summer 2004.) As you can imagine, the view from the top is pretty nice - in clear weather you can see as far as 80 kilometres! However, for taking photos I prefer climbing up Mont-Royal since - even thou you can't see as far - you don't have to be photographing through a glass!
There are guided tours to take you around in the Olympic Village but I never took part in one so I can't say much about them...:)
Built for the 1976 Summer Olympic Games, the Olympic Stadium is the Park’s centrepiece, a bold design by French architect Roger Taillibert. Impressive in size and shape, and topped by the tallest inclined tower in the world, the Olympic Stadium quickly became a choice location for major sporting events, rock concerts and public gatherings. A funicular-type elevator brings visitors to the top three observation floors, where they have a superb view of Montréal and its surroundings. Guided tours are available. The sports centre, at the foot of the Tower, has six aquatic pools as well as a multi-sport facility.
Daily, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 18 to September 5: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Closed mid-January to mid-February.
PRICES (CANADIAN $)
$ 7 Children
$ 10 Students
$ 13 Adults
$ 10 Senior Citizens
Group rates available
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The Park was built for the 1976 Summer Olympics. The tower you see happens to be the largest inclined tower in the world. This created a great deal of controversy because of the expense.
One has to wonder also, now that hosting the Olympic games has become so frightfully expensive...how long that can go on, since so many cities struggle to find use for the sites built to house the olympic events.
Near the Olympic park are the Biodome, the Olympic Village, Montreal Metro stations Pie-IX and Viau and Maisonneuve Park, which contains the Montreal Botanical Garden and Montreal Insectarium.
A visit in Montreal always bring you near this important landmark (the only one ?) of Montreal, the one and only, our priceless (!?) Olympic stadium. This marvel of architecture, the most crooked tower in the world, need to be seen very closely to see all the work and concrete it took to make it.
After a few pictures, if you want, you can go up the tower in the funicular but it is a little expensive (around 14$ CAN for adult) for this view.
Around the stadium, don't miss the Biodome and the incredible Botanical garden.
N.B. I shot two short clips recently at the Stadium. To see them, go to this web site http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=etrehumain. Enjoy !
On our drive from Quebec we passed the Olympic Staduim and stopped nearby for 30 minutes for a photo shoot and coffee. Our guide gave us the history of the stadium, particularly the opening roof which only opened 3 times since construction. This elaborate roof has had many millions spent on it and finally the government decided to convert it to a fixed roof when spending more millions on a refit.
Montreal was the site of the 1976 Summer Olympics. The Olympic Stadium has the world's tallest inclined tower and, until the end of the 2004 season, was the home of the Montreal Expos baseball team. The Olympic complex also includes the Montreal Biodome, Montreal Insectarium, and the Montreal Botanical Garden, one of the largest botanical gardens in the world, second only to Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew in England.
Today, the CFL's Montreal Alouettes play the last game of their season and playoff games in the Olympic Stadium. It holds up to 56 040 fans for a football game and it may hold more in the future when temporary overflow stands are added to the dugout pits and center field for football. It is nicknamed the "Big O" because of its oval shaped roof. It is also sometimes called the "Big Owe" due to the outrageous total cost of the stadium.