Place d’Armes is a lovely green park space near the Chateau Frontenac. It was once used as a military parade ground and a place for public speeches. It is just steps away from where Samuel de Champlain established his Fort Saint-Louis on Cap Diamant. Champlain’s wife Hélene Boulé also lived there for four years.
The monument in the center of the park is the Monument de la Foi and celebrates the 300th anniversary of the arrival of Catholic missionaries in 1615.
Not far away, church bells still chime
sending tingles all down my spine.
Harking back to an older time,
when hobnail boots marched in a line,
on cold stone cobbles, thick with grime,
and orators would speak on crime.
In this green square now so sublime,
where young children laugh, run and climb.