Montreal in Pictures

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The Palais des Congrès, Montreal. Site of the 2009 Canadian Library Association Conference, as seen from Place Jean-Paul-Riopelle. On this side you can see the new facade with glass panels of different colours. The other facades of the conference centre retain the original architectural features, as is required by the heritage preservation by-laws of Montreal.

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One block away from the Palais des Congrès is Place d’Armes, a square that faces Notre Dame Basilica. Horse-drawn calèches transport people over the cobblestone streets of Old Montreal.

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Montreal City Hall in Old Montreal, currently being renovated. It was from the balcony that French President Charles de Gaulle cried out “Vive le Québec libre!” in 1967.

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Across from Montreal City Hall is the Château Ramezay Museum, a mansion dating to 1705. It was the residence of Claude de Ramezay, Governor of Montreal from 1703 to 1724 and his successors. It also served as the headquarters for the American revolutionaries who laid siege to Montreal.

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In the Château Ramezay Museum is this 1776 religious publication by the printer Fleury Mesplet. Working with the American revolutionaries, Mesplet set up a printing firm as a way to ensure the support of Montreal, which had been captured by the American Richard Montgomery in November 1775. Mesplet stayed behind when the American army withdrew. In 1778 he founded Gazette Littéraire de Montréal, which evolved into a bilingual French-English newspaper, and then into the English-only Montreal Gazette. Mesplet and his counterparts of the 18th century filled many roles: printer-bookseller, publisher, and printer-journalist.

Fleury Mesplet in the Dictionary of Canadian Biography Online.

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Pointe-à-Callière Museum. This museum in Old Montreal sits on top of the archaeological site of the first settlements in Montreal. Consisting of underground exhibition space of the actual archaeological sites, this Museum is planning further expansions. When I explored the underground exhibits, I exited at the gift shop located in the Custom House building half a block away.

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The view of the harbour and Old Montreal from on top of the lookout tower on the Pointe-à-Callière Museum.

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The Habitat 67 buildings as seen from the lookout tower on the Pointe-à-Callière Museum. The modular, interlocking concrete homes were built for Expo 67. Originally built to be affordable housing, these units are now expensive.

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Olympic Stadium. When the Olympics were held in 1976, the tower was unfinished.

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A view of Olympic Stadium from Mount Royal.

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Saint Joseph’s Oratory on top of Mount Royal. This is the largest church in Canada, and the dome is the third largest of its kind in the world. Pilgrims seeking intercession from Saint Joseph and Brother André (1845-1937), who was credited with thousands of reported miraculous healings, climb the middle stairs on their knees.

Brother André in the Dictionary of Canadian Biography Online

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At the King Edward Pier, the Cavalier Maxim is docked, awaiting the passengers for the dinner cruise sponsored by Polaris Library Systems. The yellow and blue tent in the background is the site of Cirque du Soleil. In the distance is the Biosphère, another structure created for Expo 67 and which now encloses an Environment Museum.

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On the Cavalier Maxim, winding our way down the St. Lawrence River, we make a splash at the Saturday night dinner cruise sponsored by Polaris Library Systems.

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