Montreal — Part 1


Old Montreal

Old Montreal

Old Montreal is a bit like stepping back into time by a century or more . . . much more.  There is also a lot of art in this town, both serious and whimsical.  In the Place d’Armes you can find a statue of Paul de Chomedey, founder of Montreal, while nearby are a pair of satirical statues titled “English Pug and French Poodle,” which expresses I would think the tension between English-speaking and French-speaking Canada.  You’ll see one version of “English Pug” on Fun Photo Friday.

Paul de Chomedey, sieur de Maisonneuve — Founder of Montreal

Paul de Chomedey, sieur de Maisonneuve — Founder of Montreal

While the building lining the streets may be of another time, the autos traveling them can be quite modern.

♪My Maserati does one-eighty-five; ♫I got a ticket, now I don't drive

♪My Maserati does one-eighty-five; ♫I got a ticket, now I don’t drive

City Hall is also located in the old section of town.  This impressive structure took six years to build beginning in 1872.

Montreal City Hall

Montreal City Hall

We’ll continue our tour on Wednesday.  Meanwhile, here is today’s photo gallery:

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Fun Photo Friday — Favorites of Notre-Dame Basilica Montreal


Notre-Dame vertical panoramic stitch

Notre-Dame vertical panoramic stitch

Hope you enjoyed this week’s visit to the stunningly beautiful Notre-Dame Basilica in Montreal.  Here is a collection of my favorite shots from this tour:

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Notre-Dame Basilica Montreal — Part 2


Saint Leo the Great overlooking the congregation from above the pulpit

Saint Leo the Great overlooking the congregation from above the pulpit

Unfortunately not even as magnificent a structure as this is immune from vandalism.  In 1978 the Chapelle du Sacré-Cœur (Chapel of the Sacred Heart) was destroyed by arson.  Luckily, the main structure was spared.  But tragedy often brings opportunity, and the chapel was rebuilt in a mixture of old and new.

Chapelle du Sacré-Cœur was rebuilt after arson

Chapelle du Sacré-Cœur was rebuilt after arson

Much of the stained glass is absolutely stunning, as one would expect of a structure this magnificent.

Magnificent stained glass

Magnificent stained glass

But it’s the scenery behind the altar that draws the eye immediately upon entry into Notre-Dame.

Notre-Dame Basilica Montreal-012Even so, the pulpit manages to hold its own when it comes to visually making an impact.

Ezekiel and Jeremiah sit at the base of the pulpit

Ezekiel and Jeremiah sit at the base of the pulpit

And now it’s time to present today’s photo gallery.  Click on any image below to bring up the slide show.

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