Montreal Gems Every History Buff Must Visit

Montreal Gems Every History Buff Must Visit

June 18, 2020 architecture history montreal tourism 0
rick andreoli recommends visiting the notre dame basilica

Now a modern city that is home to communications and trade industries, Montreal has been around for more than three hundred years.  Rich in history, Montreal has a ton to offer to tourists.  History lovers adore the city for its well-kept historical gems, cobblestone streets, and centuries-old structures.  In this blog, Montreal native Rick Andreoli shares about the city’s wonderful history and the pieces that stand to this day.

Old Montreal houses a cluster of structures built in the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries.  The Parisian-style area sits between the business district and the waterfront.  Among the sites that call Old Montreal home are the Notre-Dame Basilica, Place of Jacques-Cartier, the Old Port, and the Pointe-à-Callière museum of archaeology and history.  Jardin Botanique, or Botanical Garden, sits atop Parc Maisonneueve, the host of the 1976 Summer Olympic Games.  Regarded as an imaginative botanical garden, it includes 10 exhibition greenhouses and 30 themed gardens, including the wonderful Japanese and Chinese gardens, and areas dedicated to aquatic, medical, shade, useful, and alpine plants. 

Montreal local Rick Andreoli says that Pointe-à-Callière, located at a corner of Place Royale in Vieux-Montréal, keeps historical artifacts from the early colonial period.  Tourists can visit the museum and expect a story that unravels in levels, displaying the city’s history through exhibits, maps, and artifacts.  The story begins underground where visitors walk along the stone-paved streets, ground floors of 17th century structures, including drainage channels.  Completed in 1967, Saint Joseph’s Oratory is a Roman Catholic Basilica dedicated to the city’s patron saint.  In 1904, Brother André of the Congrégation de Sainte-Croix established a small chapel, in which he performed miraculous healing acts, shares Rick Andreoli.  As a result, he was canonized in 1982. 

Mont-Royal is the green lung near along the city center, rising 233 meters from Montreal itself.  The walk around the magnificent park allows tourists to stroll along Lac-aux-Castors, the cemeteries on the western slope where different ethnic groups have rested together for hundreds of years, and monuments of King George VI and Jacques Cartier.  A panoramic view of the 51-kilometer area of the St. Lawrence and Île de Montréal can be seen from the platform right below the cross.  When skies are clear, the view goes beyond Montreal and extends to the Adirondack Mountains in the United States.  With a few remnants of its wonderful past kept and restored, the second largest French-speaking city in the world should be part of every traveler’s bucket list.