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Quebec City is a charming city with a strong European Old Town atmosphere. Old Quebec is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and stands as the only walled city north of Mexico! You can see the essentials in a day, but you might want to spend more time due to the amazing French-Canadian cuisine you will find!
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The Parliament Building was built in 1877 and operates as the Parliament of Quebec. It features a Second Empire architectural style, standing 52 meters high. The building stands just outside of the city walls and features sculptures of many important figures in Quebec’s history.
St. Louis Gate
The St. Louis Gate is one of four remaining gates that once protected Old Quebec. The gate was built in 1694, but was rebuilt many times over the years. The gate you see today was last reconstructed in 1880 by Lord Dufferin.
Citadelle de Quebec
The Citadel of Quebec is located on Cape Diamond, the highest point in the city! It is an active fortress and home to the Canadian monarch and the Governor General of Canada. It was built in the late 1600s and has played a huge role in Canadian history and its military. You can tour the grounds, visit the museum, watch the Changing of the Guards Ceremony, and visit whatever temporary exhibits are on during your visit.
This beautiful terrace stands at the end of Quebec’s Upper Town. It was built by Lord Dufferin in 1879. The park near the terrace features historic cannons and sweeping views of the St. Lawerence River. It also provides an up close look at the impressive Château Frontenac, a gorgeous hotel and a Quebec City landmark.
Funicular / Breakneck Steps
To get to the Lower Town, you can grab a lift on the funicular or walk down L’Escalier Casse-Cou or Breakneck Steps. Breakneck Steps is the city’s oldest stairway dating back to 1634! The stairs were given this name due to their steep nature. As you walk down the stairs, you'll gain a remarkable view of the cobbled stone laneways of Old Quebec.
Place Royale is said to be the oldest French settlement in North America! In this charming square, you’ll find the Church of Nortre-Dame-des-Victoires, a history museum, a bronze sculpture of Louis XIV erected in 1686, and the stunning La Fresque des Quebeccois. La Fresque des Quebeccois is a gorgeous mural depicting Quebec’s history. The mural features several historic characters and landmarks of the past.
Musee de la Civilisation
The Musee de la Civilisation opened in 1988. It is ‘a place of inquiry, study and documentation that seeks to understand and interpret the world.’ It operates as an ongoing research facility that has led to collaborations with a variety of museums and universities.
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