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** Montreal ** is Canada's second largest city, located on the Isle of Montreal at the confluence of the ** Ottawa ** and ** St. Lawrence ** rivers. We visited the city in its coldest month – January, when we had a one-day stop during the air transfer on the way from a holiday from Mexico. So we didn't have much warm clothes with us, and with an outdoor temperature below –10 ° C degrees, we only managed to walk through a few selected places.

The center of the city

From the airport we were taken by bus directly to the center and from there we walked or used the subway. A very typical feature of Montreal is the mixing of architecture with French and English influences together with modern architecture, which is very well seen in the ** Place du Canada **. There is the Cathedral ** Queen Mary of the World **, which is a scaled-down copy of St. Peter's Church in the Vatican, and the typically English Church ** St. George's Anglican Church **. In Montreal, they speak both French and English, so it is usually not a problem to communicate.

The center of the city
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Belvédère Kondiaronk

As the first stop in the morning, we decided to step on the lookout ** Belvédère Kondiaronk , from where the modern center of Montreal is in the palm of your hand – provided the weather is nice. The hill itself is only 200 meters above sea level, so climbing is easy. In the winter, however, it was quite a problem on the icy stairs. Although it snowed heavily, the view was clear to us, at least for a while, but it seemed rather depressing. All the more depressing was the discovery that the café on the lookout was not open. Therefore, we quickly descended back to the center to warm up before continuing in another cafe – this time in the so-called ** Underground City ** ( Underground City **), which is a 32km long network of tunnels in downtown Montreal connecting department stores, hotels , offices, universities, etc.

Belvédère Kondiaronk
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Biosphere

After hot coffee and a croissant, we took the subway to the island ** Sv. Helena **, where in addition to the amusement park there is also a strange round building called ** Biosphere **.

Biosphere
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Biosphere

The building was part of the world-famous exhibition ** EXPO 67 ** in 1967, which was visited by more than an incredible 50 million visitors. Now there is a museum of the environment.

Biosphere
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Montreal Clock Tower
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Montreal Clock Tower

The next stop was the beautiful white clock tower from 1922 in the old port. Despite the heavy snow, the silhouette of the Biosphere was visible in the background.

Old Town
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Old Town

On the street ** Rue de la Commune **, which stretches along the old port, we took it on foot around one of the oldest churches in Montreal – ** Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours **.

Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours Chapel
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Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours Chapel

We were lucky, because the sun just perfectly painted the statue on its main tower.

Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours Chapel

The church was built in 1771 on the ruins of the original burnt chapel from 1655.

Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours Chapel
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Bonsecours Market

Right behind the church is the beautiful building of the historic market with a white dome – ** Bonsecours Market **, where farmers' markets used to take place. Today there are various shops and cafes.

Bonsecours Market
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There is no shortage of entertainment in Montreal

Opposite the market in the port is the pirate-tuned rope center ** Voiles en Voiles ** in the background is a giant wheel ** La Grande Roue de Montréal **, which is with its 60m the largest in Canada.

There is no shortage of entertainment in Montreal
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Montreal City Hall

Via ** Place Jacques-Cartier ** we reach the town hall building from 1878. It was hit by a large fire in the past and renovated in 1922.

Montreal City Hall
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Notre-Dame

As the last stop in Montreal, we chose the neo-Gothic basilica ** Notre-Dame **.

Notre-Dame
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Notre-Dame

Although the building was inspired by the more famous Notre-Dame in Paris, in my opinion it surpasses it in many ways. The main charm of the basilica definitely lies in its breathtaking interior.

Notre-Dame
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Notre-Dame and other monuments
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Notre-Dame and other monuments

After the basilica ** Notre-Dame ** we still had to get back to the airport, so we did not have time to go through the whole of Montreal. Of the other great attractions, it would certainly be worth mentioning ** Saint Joseph's Oratory **, ** Basilica of St. Patrika ** or ** Olympic Stadium **, whose tower is the largest inclined building in the world. But maybe next time. :)

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