When this square was created in 1693, it was named Place de la Haute Ville (High or Upper Town Square). At the time it was used as the forecourt for the first church of Ville Marie. After construction of Basilica Notre Dame and demolition of the first church, the church sold the square to the city in 1836. It became a focal point of the old town and today draws 5,000,000 visitors annually. (Source:Wikipedia)
It is a beautiful leafy square, filled with people. On this day, a busker crooned Chris Isaak’s, Wicked Game as we arrived (feature Photo). Tourist caleches clip-clopped slowly by.
The bells of the Basilica soon rang out 11:00 AM and were soon joined by all the church bells in the area.
The square is surrounded by beautiful old buildings.
1931 Aldred Building was one of the first modern skyscrapers in Montreal
1847 Bank of Montreal Building (dome)
1889 New York Life Building
Monument a Maisonneuve erected in 1895.
I liked the juxtaposition between these three types of transport.