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

The Pink Palace Toronto is ready to offer its guests some fascinating excursions. It would take more than one day to see all attractions of the city. The most recognizable landmark is the CN Tower, every year it is visited by more than two million tourists. The tower was built in 1976. It is the tallest architectural structure in the world (its height is 553 meters). Visitors are invited to relax in the beautiful restaurant or on the observation deck located at an altitude of 340 meters.
Beautiful and modern metropolis, Toronto is a place where you can see glittering skyscrapers and beautiful old buildings, spacious parks and sports stadiums, museums and concert halls. Such … Open
Another interesting object is the Casa Loma castle built in 1914 by a successful financier Henry Pilatt. Casa Loma resembles a classic medieval castle with its appearance; it is the most ambitious object in the country, which was originally built as an apartment building. Nowadays the castle is often filmed in movies. One of its spacious rooms houses a luxury restaurant.
The most important cultural center of the city is the Royal Ontario Museum. Its exposition is devoted to nature and world culture; it has more than six million exhibits. The museum houses a worthy collection dedicated to prehistoric animals, as well as a huge number of stores with art and archaeological finds. Art Gallery on Ontario impresses with its extensive collection. About 68,000 paintings, including priceless works by Van Dyck, Rubens, Picasso, Rembrandt, Van Gogh, Degas and other world-famous artists, are represented. Copyright
Toronto is a real godsend for fans of gastronomic tourism. That’s difficult to imagine, but there are more than three and a half thousand dining places in this modern city. Luxury … Open
The most curious travelers should visit the Ontario Science Centre. Guided tours are conducted here, during which you can learn many interesting facts about the world and the specific natural phenomena. The center has special tours for young visitors and for the older children.
Toronto City Hall Among historical attractions the Old City Hall is worth to mention. It was built in 1899; now City Court is situated here. On the shore of Lake Ontario there is the renowned cultural center Harbourfront, which became a permanent venue for various festivals and world-class events. Fans of natural attractions are recommended to participate in a trip to Niagara Falls located in the immediate vicinity of Toronto.
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Plan your own excursion through Toronto: churches, museums and castles

Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto

» The Royal Ontario Museum was opened at school in 1857 and named the Museum of Natural History and Fine Arts. Then, it was under the management of the history department of the University of Toronto.
»  The museum became independent in 1968. It has become the biggest history, culture, natural science, and archeology museum in Canada. In its halls and warehouses, 6 million exhibits are kept.
»  In 2007, it was necessary to reconstruct the museum. The project was started by architect Daniel Libeskind who was famous for his paradoxical ideas.
»  The project had been developed for 7 years. Libeskind created a fantastic structure in the form of crystals.
»  Such a renovation has made the museum magnificent and let extend its territory by 18 600 m2. It has become the seventh architectural wonder of the world.

Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto

» The Art Gallery of Ontario is a big museum that houses 80 000 art exhibits. In the gallery, you can see sculptures, paintings, pictures, installations, and books.
»  Museum exhibits cover the period from the 1st century AD to the present day. They started to be collected in 1900.
»  The main fund is divided into three sectors: European paintings, works of Canadian artists, and Henry Moore’s sculptures. Here, you can see paintings of such European artists, as: Rembrandt, van Gogh, Claude Monet, Edgar Degas, Chagall, and Picasso.
»  The exhibition of sculptures was organized by Henry Moore in 1974. He is considered as an enigmatic and inscrutable sculptor of the 20th century.
»  In 2008, the gallery was reconstructed. During the renovation, the halls were designed in the modern style by architect F. Gary. He was famous for such projects, as the Dancing House in Prague, the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, and the Music Museum in Seattle. After this, the number of halls has increased twice.
»  In the gallery, there is the biggest library in Canada.

Metropolitan United Church, Toronto

» The landmark of Toronto is a high church. The Metropolitan United Church was built in the New Gothic style. It is distinguished by a frame vault.
»  The church is under the management of the Protestant Association. The Christian church received the status of a cathedral. Local services are held in a religious building.
»  The construction dates back to the late 19th century. The temple was built in 1870 in the central district of the city.
»  One of the important parts of the construction is a tower in the Gothic style. The bell tower is located above the central entrance of the church.
»  In the late 30s of the 20th century, the building was significantly damaged by fire. It was almost destroyed. Then, the church regained its original appearance and was consecrated.
»  Visitors are attracted by wonderful stained glass windows, big columns, and a luxurious interior. The floor is covered with colorful tiles.
»  At the church, there is a mechanical musical instrument. It is situated in the bell tower. It has 23 bronze bells that are hit in turn. The carillon is controlled with a keyboard.
»  In 1930, the biggest organ in Toronto was delivered to the church. It includes over 8 000 pipes, one of which is 10 m high.

St. Michaels Cathedral, Toronto

» St. Michael’s Cathedral was built in the middle of the 19th century. The English New Gothic building was presented by architect William Thomas in 1865. Irish immigrants provided financial assistance.
»  Local craftsmen constructed a belfry and a spire already after Thomas’ death. These construction elements were declared as the symbols of Canadian Confederation.
»  The walls include the fragments of the stone pillar of the English Norman Church. In 1867, the cathedral was the highest building (83 m).
»  St. Michaels Cathedral was burnt twice. The brick masonry was damaged by climatic conditions.
»  In 2010, it was decided to replace destroyed fragments with modern materials. During the reconstruction, materials from British manufacturers were used. Sometimes only parts of bricks were built in the masonry. It had to tint them for the masonry to match the constructing materials of the 19th century. Special white bricks alternating with light yellow sandstone from Ohio make this religious building unique.
»  The Christian cathedral has been home to the Roman Catholic Archdiocese for a century and a half.

St. James Cathedral, Toronto

» St. James Cathedral started to be built in the second half of the 19th century. It was opened to parishioners in 1853.
»  It was the highest building in the city. The bell tower of the Gothic cathedral is crowned by a spire. For many years, it had served as a reference point for ships sailing into the harbor.
»  The construction was also aimed at symbolizing the will to go up to God. The cathedral was designed in the New Gothic style.
»  It is distinguished by a tower with a clock and a spire, transepts, and tips. The altar is hidden by black hazel panels. There is also a long hallway.
»  There are a lot of benches to which you can come up from both sides. Stained glass windows, pointed arches, and high ceilings let much natural light in the rooms.
»  St. James Cathedral is the first Anglican Church in Toronto. It was built on the foundation of the burned one. The building had constantly been rebuilt, extended, and decorated with new insets.
»  St. James Cathedral is home to the diocese of Toronto. The ashes of the first Anglican bishop were buried under the altar.
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What to visit during two-day excursion in Toronto

CN Tower
Where: 301 Front Street West, Toronto; Telephone: +1 (416) 868-6937; Opening hours: 9am to 11pm daily in season. Phone for other seasonal hours; Tickets: Rates vary from C$21.99 to C$32.99 depending on the ticket type;
Royal Ontario Museum
Where: 100 Queen’s Park, Toronto; Telephone: +1 (416) 586-8000; Opening hours: Monday to Thursday; Tickets: C$22 (adults), C$15 (children). Entrance is free the last hour of every Wednesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm. Half Price admission on Fridays from 4:30pm to 9:30pm.;
Toronto Zoo
Where: Meadowvale Road, Scarborough, Toronto; Telephone: +1 (416) 392-5929; Tickets: C$20 (adults), C$12 (children). See webbsite for full list of details and available concessions.;
Distillery Historic District
Where: Mill Street, Toronto; Telephone: +1 (416) 364-1177;
Where: 1 Austin Terrace, Toronto; Telephone: +1 (416) 923-1171; Tickets: C$17 (adults), C$9.25 (children). See webbsite for other concessions.;
The Islands
Where: 235 Queen’s Quay West, Toronto;
Reference information
Map of all palaces
Public palaces near Toronto
♥   Palace 'Queen’s Tower' , 9.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all art museums
Art galleries in Toronto and around
♥   Art museum 'Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art' Toronto, 5.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Art museum 'Casa Loma' Toronto, 6.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Art museum 'Spadina House' Toronto, 6.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Art museum 'Art Gallery of York University' Toronto, 7.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Art museum 'Bata Shoe Museum' Toronto, 7.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all churches
Cathedrals and basilicas near Toronto
♥   National Shrine of Our Mother of Perpetual Help, Toronto, 9.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   St. Michael’s Cathedral Basilica, Toronto, 10.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   St. Paul’s Basilica, Toronto, 11.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Former Cathedral of the Transfiguration of Our Lord, Markham, 22 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   St. Mary’s Pro-Cathedral, Hamilton, 58.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   St. Patrick’s Church, Hamilton, 59.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Christ the King Cathedral, Moosonee, 59.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
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