Bank of Montreal
This open square is framed by some of the finest buildings in Old Montréal, including its oldest bank, first skyscraper and Basilique...
New York Life Building
One intriguing way of seeing Old Montréal is by taking a ride on a horse-drawn carriage. You'll find the carriages near the Pl d'Armes.
Terrasse Place d’Armes
The rooftop terrace above the boutique Hôtel Place-d’Armes is a requisite stop on the nightlife circuit if you’re around during the...
119 Rue St-Jacques Ouest · interesting places nearby
Bank of Montreal information
Modeled after the Pantheon in Rome, the grand colonnaded edifice of Canada’s oldest chartered bank, built in 1847, dominates the north side of Pl d’Armes and is still a working bank. The imposing interior has 32 marble columns and a coffered 20m ceiling in Italian Renaissance style over a long row of tellers behind glass partitions. The helmeted marble lady is Patria, representing a minor Roman god of patriotism to honor the war dead.
A snoozy money museum (admission free) inside the bank has a replica of a cashier’s window, old banknotes and an account of early banking in Canada.