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Place Royale, Quebec City

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See the cradle of French civilization in North America at Place Royale, a historic square around which Quebec was established in 1608. Visit the oldest stone church in North America, featuring a suspended model of a ship from its barrel vault ceiling, and learn about the history of the first colonists of New France at the museum. Admire a large mural depicting the life of colonists from various stages of Quebec's history, and stroll the historic cobbled streets lined with cafes, restaurants, and shops. Plan a Quebec City trip in moments using our itinerary builder.
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  • Place Royale is gorgeous any time of the day! It is a famous cobblestone town square in Quebec's lower town. This was where the first French settlement started in 1608, making it the place where Frenc...  more »
  • Beautiful square from which can be easily accessed over the old port. The square is surrounded by cafés and restaurants with terraces overlooking the square. Very pleasant to drink.
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  • This is in the lower part of the city walk-able from the cruise ship dock. This area is about 12 small blocks all in the 17th century style. Many shops and cafes and a quick walk up the hill to the Ch...  more »

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Most accommodations cluster on the west side of the St. Lawrence River, with the city's split-level old town offering the widest range of options and best access to top attractions. Stay in the upper town to be close to the castle and enjoy views over the river. What the lower town lacks in panoramas, it makes up for in historic charm and access to riverside cafes and restaurants. If you want a less-touristy experience, consider the up-and-coming neighborhood of St. Roch, whose cafes, bars, restaurants, and artistic spaces make it an alternative traveler's paradise.
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