Bank of Montreal

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Bank of Montreal information

Montréal , Canada
119 Rue St-Jacques Ouest
admission free
Opening hours
10am-4pm Mon-Fri
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Modeled after the Pantheon in Rome, the grand colonnaded edifice of Canada’s oldest chartered bank, built in 1847, dominates the north side of Place 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; 9am-4pm Mon-Fri) inside the bank has a replica of a cashier’s window, old bank-notes and an account of early banking in Canada.