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Excursion tour in Quebec City. Top architecture - monuments, castles, temples and palaces

Quebec City We continue on the collection of the most important architecture monuments of Quebec City: Notre-Dame de Quebec, Price Building, Museum of Civilization, and National Museum of Fine Arts. Perhaps, all of them also define the look of Canada in general. The 3D models of landmarks, presented in our Quebec City flyover video, will help you to get a grasp on the true architectural and historical heritage of this place. We hope that photographs and historical facts will give you a better impression on each of these monuments. This information is also useful when making up your own excursion tour through Quebec City.

Notre-Dame de Quebec, Quebec

» In the cathedral named after the Mother of God, in one of the vaulted rooms of the chapel, 4 governors and city bishops found their final resting place.
» The exterior of the cathedral is devoid of pretentious gloss. It features gray brick blocks and simple forms.
» In interior rooms decorated in neoclassical style, you can see preserved pieces of art. One of them is the bishop’s seat of honor presented by the French King, Louis XIV.
» The building was completed in 1647. The interior features household items decorated with gilded elements. Stained glass windows create an unusual scene painting that depicts the life of the Mother of God and the Blessed. Canopies, paintings, shelters, wonderful pictures - everything represents luxury and majesty.
» Over the years of its existence, the building exterior has been changed because the building was destroyed and restored many times.
» Plaster blend, concrete, and glass were used to refurbish the exterior of Saint Mary's Cathedral. The combination of such materials lets get an unusual lighting effect from the facade.
» Our Lady of Quebec City is also interesting as the oldest Catholic Church. The cathedral acquired its present appearance in 1923.

Price Building, Quebec

» The old part of the city is right behind the fortress wall. The eighteen-storey (296-ft) skyscraper, the Edifice Price (Price Building), looks quite strange inside the fortress walls of the city.
» The construction of the high building began in 1930. The architectural style is art deco of the 1930s. The Price Building symbolized the financial well-being of high society.
» The outer wall is made of gray limestone blocks. On the facade, you can see carved geometric figures. Strict straight lines of the side walls embody the symmetry of the whole building.
» The cone tower resembles a cream cake with its shape. The copper 9-ft roof is made in a classic style. There are also big rectangular windows without stained glass, canopies, or balconies.
» The Price Building is one of the first skyscrapers in Quebec. The “novelty” of that time resembles the skyscraper in New York with its appearance.
» At the upper 16th and 17th levels, there is the residence of the Head of the Government, the Minister of Quebec. The 18th level is occupied by the engineering department. Offices are situated on the lower floors.
» The Price Building is on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Museum of Civilization, Quebec

» Every year, the Museum of Civilization is visited by hundred thousands of visitors.
» Over the years of its existence, it has welcomed over 13 million people. It was officially opened in 1984.
» The project of the spacious building has stood out from other competition works. The building of the museum fits harmoniously into the landscape. It consists of two sectors, the Children’s and Post Museum.
» Its gallery houses thousands of household items. Here, you can see many ethnographic and historical artifacts.
» The history of the city and the province of Quebec is multifaceted and represented from ancient times to our age. Tourists can life about the life of the indigenous people of Canada. Here, you can also see items dating back to the time of the Vikings, the first European settlers.
» You can visit special permanent exhibitions. Different cultural events, themed lectures and seminars are also held here. Virtual excursions are interesting too.
» The lobby has a view of the hall supported by totem poles. There is a hall dedicated to the natives’ culture.

National Museum of Fine Arts, Quebec

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Facts: » The National Museum of Fine Arts has belonged to the Government of Quebec since 1933. It gained its present name in 2002.
» The museum complex consists of 3 separate buildings. There had been an old prison until the middle of the 20th century in the central pavilion built in the 19th century. When several prison cells were being redesigned, the windows with grilles and spiral staircases in hallways remained unchanged. Now, they are part of the gallery exhibition.
» The permanent exhibition presents over 38 thousand items of artistic value.
» Paintings, sculptures, graphic pieces of art, pictures, and pieces of fine arts are just some of the items from the huge collection.
» The part of the museum is dedicated to masterpieces of local masters.
» Besides permanent exhibitions, there are also temporary ones. Themed seminars, conferences, and lectures are held here. There is also a library.
» It is planned to open the fourth center.
» The National Museum of Fine Arts is annually visited by over 300 thousand people.
» It is located in the historic place called the Battlefields Park.
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