Bank of Montreal
This recently renovated square is framed by some of the finest buildings in Old Montréal, including its oldest bank, first skyscraper...
New York Life Building
Vieux Séminaire de St-Sulpice
The seminary by the Basilique Notre-Dame and its grounds are closed to the public, but you can look at them through the gate. The...
The rooftop terrace above the boutique Hôtel Place-d’Armes is a requisite stop on the nightlife circuit if you’re around during the...
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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 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.