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Culture of Quebec City. Places to visit - old town, temples, theaters, museums and palaces

Musee du Fort et ledifice Louis S. St-Laurent The Citadel (La Citadelle) is the main symbol of Quebec and the sight of the international importance. The complex was built in the 17th century. Quebec is the only city in North America, where visitors can see walls of the ancient fortress. The length of the fortification is 5 miles. Vacationers are welcome to make a walk along the walls, listen to interesting lectures, and even watch the changing of the guard. Observatoire de la Capitale is one of the tallest buildings in the city. Here, at a height of 725 feet, tourists will find an observation deck. Everyone is welcome to go upstairs and visit the deck. Various interesting activities take place in the observatory literally every day. The main aim of such activities is to introduce visitors to the geographical, marine, industrial, and political history of the city.
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The Parliament building is another important architectural monument. Its construction was completed in 1886. The ancient building strikes visitors not only by its really impressive look, but also by tastefully decorated interior, which is made in best traditions of French culture. Beautiful furniture decorated with red velvet, gilt and antique works of art – visitors are welcome to see that luxury absolutely free of charge. Excursions in the building are organized every day.
The Museum of History and the Museum of Civilizations are also among popular cultural institutions of the city. The latter is a great place to learn about history and culture of different nations. Its spacious halls exhibit a large collection of archaeological, historical and ethnographic items, as well as handicrafts and art objects. Fans of painting will certainly like the Museum of Fine Arts, the collection of which includes more than 20,000 priceless artifacts. This is the place where visitors will find a collection of paintings and sculptures of different periods, starting from the early Middle Ages to the present time. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
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Guests of the city are certainly recommended to visit the Naval Museum of Quebec. This is the place where visitors can see a unique collection of artifacts and learn many interesting facts about life of sailors during the times of peace and war. The museum often hosts various interesting cultural events. For example, visitors can participate in watching old movies or attend interesting lectures. Place-Royale Square is a landmark spot on the map of the city. This is the place where the first French settlement in North America was founded in the beginning of the 17th century by order of Samuel de Champlain. Today the beautiful square is surrounded by old buildings, one of which is decorated with huge murals.
Chateau Frontenac, Quebec City The majestic Théâtre Capitole that was first opened to the public in 1903 is now a delightful place to satisfy aesthetic and spiritual needs. The architect who worked on its construction was Walter Painter, and today the building pleases the eye with its magnificence and gorgeous appearance - it seems that nobles might live here. But it is worth noting that they lived in houses like Maison Henry-Stuart. Everything contributes to this: authentic household items, interior and exterior, as well as a beautiful English garden planted around the mansion.
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Another historical monument worthy of the attention of all tourists is Le Musée de la Civilization. This complex includes several buildings: La Maison Historique Chevalier built in 1752 that looks like a typical New France building with magnificent antique elements and furniture, Le Musée de l'Amérique Francophone, thanks to which you can learn the history of the region’s formation, Le Musée de la Place-Royale representing the remains of Hazeur historic house with its well-preserved facade, and Le Center National de Conservation et d'Études des Collections where an excellent collection of antique objects can be found.
Post Office, Quebec City Moulin des Jesuites du Trait-Carre is another remarkable place in the capital of Quebec, a real journey through time. This is an authentic village where time seems to flow completely differently. Here you can get acquainted with the traditional way of life of the local people's ancestors in a pleasant atmosphere. In addition, thematic exhibitions and interesting events are often held in the mill. Tourists are encouraged to visit the Musée Miniature de l'Architecture to feel like Gulliver, seeing the most significant sights of Quebec and other cities (Dubai, New York, Montreal), as a kind of toys.
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An important object in the tourist route of Quebec CIty is the Basilique Cathedrale, which is considered the main religious attraction of Quebec City and the oldest temple in the region. The beginning of construction works was scheduled for 1647, and the first mass was held here in 1650. However, the building was destroyed twice: in 1759, during the bombing of the UK, and in 1922, when the shrine has suffered from a fire. But it has always been reborn from the ashes like a Phoenix, and today it's a symbol of fortitude and hope that a period of enlightenment always comes after dark times. After the restoration in 1930, you can see the shrine in the neo-classical style.
Hotel du Parlement, Quebec City The biggest church in Quebec City is St. Roch's Church, and it boggles the imagination with its size from the very first minutes. Built in 1923, it is a magnificent combination of the Gothic-Renaissance exterior and the Romanesque revival interior. Sanctuaire Notre-Dame-du-Sacre-Coeur is another religious shrine striking with its fantastic appearance. The church is closed to visitors, so the latter can enjoy only unsurpassed exterior along with a beautiful facade. Having tired the never-ending noise of the city, be sure to explore Cimetière Anglican Saint-Matthew - a quiet and secluded place, one of the oldest in the entire region.
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Those arriving by train will not be able to ignore Gare du Palais, thanks to which they can immediately realize that Quebec City is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. The magnificent facade, impressive interior - many tourists even prefer to travel by rail rather than by plane, again and again admiring the beauty presented here. Speaking about the history of the building, it is worth noting that it was built in 1915, and its design was inspired by the majestic Château Frontenac evoking associations with a fairytale castle.
Quebec City Quebec City can boast of unique Hotel de Glace located on its territory. Opened in 2001, it is the only ice hotel in North America, a place of pilgrimage for many tourists who prefer unusual places. Another unique location is La Fresque des Quebecois - the quarter whose walls are real works of art. Besides it, there are two more similar districts in the city: Fresque du Petit-Champlain and Les Fresques des Piliers. Many travelers spend here a lot of time, examining every detail of the city walls. Just as in numerous parks, which are wonderful natural attractions (Plaines d'Abraham and Jardin Botanique Roger Van den Hende - the most popular bulwarks of solitude among tourists).
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Gare du Palais, Quebec

» The railway station services the line between city districts. The passenger point provides both railway and bus services.
» The name of the railway station is symbolic: this is the name of the intendant of New France.
» The building was built upon the order of the administration of the Canadian National Railway in 1915.
» The two-storey construction resembles not an official institution but a castle with its appearance. It was built in the style of so-called chateauesque (Francis I style). It features sophisticated towers, high spires, and a round roof. This architectural style is expressed in the exterior of the railway station too.
» The facade is made of decorative blocks. It is crowned with a blue many-tier roof. There is a tower with an old built-in clock.
» The regular scheduled services were ceased from 1976 to 1985. Today, you can travel on the western line to the Montreal Station.
» Inner rooms are characterized by some solemnity and elegance. The walls are painted milk-white. They make a contrast with the dark tiled floor.
» There are all the conditions for you waiting for the train: a recreation hall, ticket offices, an information desk, and a cafe.

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

Location on the map:   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.

Saint-Sacrement Church, Quebec

Location on the map:   Facts: » At one time, there was a Bernadine monastery (for Catholic monks) at the site of the church.
» The construction of the House of God began in 1671. It is built of granite bricks.
» Its walls are faced with relief masonry that creates an unusual picture. There are three windows above the central entrance.
» There is a bas-relief of the 18th century in the center (its creator is unknown). It depicts St. Benedict and Bernard telling people the Good News.
» There are small windows with grilles o both sides of the fresco. They are decorated with superimposed convex elements.
» There is another hall, an atrium, inside. Some paintings of famous Spanish artists are kept here.
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Map of all palaces
Public palaces near Quebec City
♥   Palace 'Citadelle of Quebec' , 3.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all art museums
Art galleries in Quebec City and around
♥   Art museum 'Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec' Quebec City, 1.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all churches
Cathedrals and basilicas near Quebec City
♥   Chapelle des Ursulines de Québec, Québec, 3.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Basilique-Cathédrale Notre-Dame-de-Québec, Québec, 3.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Église Notre-Dame-des-Victoires, Québec, 3.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Basilique Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré, Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré, 34.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
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Excursions over cultural sights of neighbours of Quebec City

Culture guide to Quebec City. Which fascinating sights to visit once you are in Quebec City: temples, churches, museums, theaters and castles. Recommendations (with addresses, phone numbers and links) on the places 'must visit' in Quebec City. Plan your own city excursion by using this page info!
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