Bank of Montreal

Historic Building in Old Montréal

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 goddess 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.