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Place d'Armes, Montreal

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Watched over by the proud statue of Montreal's founder, Paul de Chomedey, Place d'Armes buzzes with history and is the second oldest public space in the city. When first developed in 1693 the square regularly staged various military events, it then became a hay and wood market and later around 1836, developed into a plush Victorian garden. Located in Old Montreal, the square provides a perfect starting point for a walking tour of some of the city's historic sights, including the Notre-Dame Basilica, Canada's first bank-- The Bank of Montreal, and the oldest building in Montreal, the Saint Sulpice Seminary. Plan to visit Place d'Armes and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Montreal attractions using our Montreal tour planner.
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  • August 15, 2017
    The plaza or square is surrounded by buildings and the famous Notre dame Basilica. Its nice to seat there and just look at people walking around if you're taking a rest. Its where a lot of tourist goe...  more »
  • August 15, 2017
    Well located in the city between the old areas and the business district that is not to overlook the Victoria square in particular. This place we have a nice view of our Lady for the photos.
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  • August 11, 2017
    Several historic buildings overlook this square, the Basilica, the Bank of canada, the oldest building in Montreal, with the statue of Nelson in the Middle
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  • May 22, 2017
    Theres no food on the menu except for a small cheese plate that comes with bread which costs about 20 bucks. The view is amazing and the drinks are expensive, we had a lovely afternoon until the fellow waiter came to kick us out because we were still sitting after having paid for our orders. Mind you this was literally a few minutes after we have paid. He said that there was other people waiting and that we had to leave for the table right now, he literally ruined all the lovely experience we had at the terrace. If you go stay reminded that you will be kicked out after 1.5 2hours
  • July 5, 2017
    Great location. Service was erratic.
  • June 22, 2017
    Nice place with a rooftop view
  • August 2, 2016
    Cool view in a classy environment. It is quite expensive & service at the bar was difficult cause it was so packed. It looks like they take reservations, but generally unless there is a 'reserved' on a table it is first come first serve. I wasn't super impressed when I saw my bartender make my drink with a different liquor than was on the menu and not even tell me about it. I was surprised that in the middle of a very hot sunny day none of the covers were out at all. The reflection of the sun off of the bar was painful to the eyes and your skin after just a few minutes. If you show up on a sunny day be sure to bring some sunscreen and to not sit at the bar, the tables were far more comfortable!
  • November 26, 2016
    It was fun to dine outside with a look out into Montreal. The food was okay. They pumped music quite loudly, which hindered conversation.

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