The neo-Gothic basilica was built in 1829 and was the largest church in North America at this time. The predecessor curch of 1672, had become too small for the fast-growing community and was demolished in 1830 after completion of the new basilica.
The beautiful square in the historic center of Montreal was named after Jacques Cartier. The Frenchmen was the founder of the City of Montreal. The European-style square, surrounded by gray stone facades, opens toward the St Lawrence River and the old port.
The Old Town of Montreal "Vieux Ville" is situated where the first French settlers founded the city Ville Marie in 1642. Narrow streets and small houses remind of villages in Brittany. In "Vieux Ville" you can feel the history of Montreal.
The Chinatown of Montreal has got two Chinese gates. Many Asian restaurants and shops make the district an interesting destination. Rue de la Gauchetière is the main street of Montreal's Chinatown.
Welcome to Montreal
Montreal is the second largest city in Canada with around 1.7 million inhabitants. The city is located on an island in the St. Lawrence River. Montreal was discovered by Frenchman Jacques Cartier in 1535. The city received it's name from the highest mountain on the island, the "Mont Real".