Vieux Quebec architecture & monuments, Quebec
The city's first skyscraper, the Price Building, a 15-story art deco structure, was built in 1929 and served as headquarters of the Price Brothers Company, the lumber firm founded in Canada by Sir William Price.
Don't miss the interior: exquisite copper plaques depict scenes of the company's early pulp and paper activities, and the two maple-wood elevators are '30s classics. In 2001, the 16th and 17th floor of the building were converted into an official residence for Quebec's premier.
Only the lobby is open to the public.
Porte Saint-Louis is one of the four remaining gates in the fortifications. The current gate was built in 1878 by Lord Dufferin, the governor of Canada at the time. It replaced the initial gate, which was too small for traffic to get through.
Edifice Price (Price Building) is Old Quebec's first and only tall building. The 15-storey art-deco building was built in 1929 and was the headquarter of the Canadian lumber firm Price Pulp and Paper Company. It caused quite a stir from the nearby residences when it was built. As a result, the city does not allow any buildings taller than 60 meters.
The interior features two maple-wood elevators and copper plaques showing the scenes of the company's early activities.
In 2001, the top floors were converted into the official residence for Quebec's premier. Only the lobby is opened to the public.
Plaza des Jardins is where you can find the monument of the first Canadian cardinal and the archbishop of Quebec, Elzear-Alexandre Taschereau. The bronze and gold statue illustrates his devotion to God and assistance to the Irish victims of typhus in 1847.
The l'Hotel de ville de Quebec, or the City Hall, was built in 1895, on the site of the college des Jesuites (1635). The College was the main cultural and educational center of New France.
Guided tours are available from the main entrance of the City Hall.
This is Quebec's central postal office building, dated 1873. It was built by architect Pierre Gauvreau. In 1913, a false frontage with columns and a cupola were added on the side facing the river.
The limestone building was renamed in 1984 to commemorate Louis S.-St-Laurent, Prime Minister of Canada of 1949 to 1958, which resided in Quebec. Today, it still houses a post office, with a stamp collectors counter and an exhibition hall.
Next to the post office building on cote de la Montagne is the Monument Monseigneur de Laval, the first bishop of Quebec. It was the work of sculptor Louis-Philippe Hebert in 1908, and was made with bronze and granite.
Place d'Armes was the most popular meeting place for military parades and public speaking events.
You can see the gothic style fountain in the middle of the square. The monument de la Foi (monument of the truth) is above the fountain, honoring the 300th anniversary of the arrival of the Peres Recollets (Franciscan monks) in 1615.
The only walled city remaining in North America, Old Québec is surrounded by an imposing 2.9 miles (4.6 km) of fortification. Originally intended as a defense system to ward off attack from the Iroquois and the British, today it's a popular site for visitors.
Pardon my innocent ignorance, but as a foreigner, I thought to myself, “not another hotel.” However, my boyfriend, knowledgeable in the French language, politely informed me that this Hotel de Ville actually meant City Hall.
The Upper Town is where the old fortified part of Québec City - the enchanting and exceedingly tourist-friendly Old Town - chooses to live. The main structure in this wall-encircled chunk of historical real estate is La Citadelle, a hefty asymmetrical fort that began to take its irregular shape when the French started building storage facilities for gunpowder in 1750, and which was completed 70 years later by the British as they readied themselves for an American attack. Nowadays, The Citadel is home to a long-serving Canadian regiment called the Royal 22s and also to several military museums. Stretching southwest of the fort is the 108-hectare (267-acre) Battlefields Park (Parc des Champs de Bataille), a pleasant swathe of green that caters to in-line skaters, cyclists, skiers and strollers. The large slice of turf nearest the cliffs is called the Plains of Abraham and it was here that the British won a famous victory over the French in 1759. Also inside the park boundary is the Musée du Québec, with a highly regarded collection of provincial art from the likes of painter Jean-Paul Riopelle and sculptor Louis-Philippe Hébert.
La Porte St-Jean (the St-Jean door, refering to the gates leading to the street)
Besides being a great thing to lean on while getting sun! ;) This gate has a huge history for you to discover. It'S also the main door to the shopping, dining and entertaining part of town.
Stroll around the Old Quebec part of the city and also take a mini-bus tour if you get a chance. The driver will give you a running commentary of the points of interest. The tour is a little under 2 hours and costs $28/person with taxes - it gives a nice perspective of the city and then you can walk back to the sites that interest you. Photo of the 1890's built Chateau Frontenac (for Canadian Pacific Railroad) taken along the Dufferin Terrace boardwalk that winds along the cliff above the river.
Close by is a funicular tram system that allows you to descend into the Lower part of the city for $1.50 and about a 1 minute ride. You can also take 'Break Your Neck' stairs for free.
Facing the post office in central Quebec, there's an interesting statue of the first bishop in the city. He played a very important role in colonial administration and relationship with natives.
The Quebec City Train Station, or Gare du Palais, is at the northern edge of the old town. It was designed by Bruce Price, who also built the Chateau Frontenac.
These fortification enclose the old city. Walk along them to discover great parks and charming streets.
Visit OLD QUEBEC and you will see the wall around the Old city. This is 'La Porte St. Louis'
It is one of the few walled cities in the world.
I took the picture from Parliament building