A Unique City: Montréal

Being the largest city of Quebec Province and the second of Canada, Montréal is following Paris by the means of French speaking community.This is a bilingual city. And the second language is English. But if you go the region of Ontario; for example to Ottowa, the priority of languages change. To me, one can do sightseeing in Montréal in five different concepts…

For history, they have Vieux-Montréal (Old Montréal); for culture and art and city life, Downtown; to be at the heart of the nature, they have amazing parks which also include Mount Royal; and if it’s winter, they have the underworld. Yes, there is an underworld in Montréal, but it’s of course not an illegal one… It is a world that lets you access any shopping center by metro in cold days of winter when people are drawn to this world. It is such a world that you can do shopping, dine, have fun, enjoy yourself, walk on 32 kilometers of passages, enter your hotel, go to the cinema or theater and even visit the church without stepping outside.

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Montr’eal Downtown

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Metro

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vieux

Vieux-Montréal is the district of Montréal which makes you feel in Europe with its 2 or 3 floored brick houses remained from 18th century. Galleries, antique dealers side by side in narrow streets, Musée Marc-Aurèle Fortin where you can see the works of Fortin on Quebec and many works of his contemporaries or Basilique Notre Dame stands out in the district. Downtwn, although it seems like an area important only in commercial at the first glance, it is also an important city district as the host of many events and artists. Here are many museums and cultural centers.

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Notre-Dame-Basilica

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The Marc-Aurele Fortin painting,”Grande Vallée” in Galerie Claude Lafitte.

Montréal, on the other hand, is a student city. Campuses and libraries of the famous McGill University can be seen all around the city. One of them is the Department of Music whose construction has just been completed. 125.000 students from 4 universities live in the city. Not surprisingly, bike usage is quite widespread although not as much as in Amsterdam. Montréal has total 660 km of bicycle path.

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St. Laurent

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St. Denis

Montréal, on the other hand, is a student city. Campuses and libraries of the famous McGill University can be seen all around the city. One of them is the Department of Music whose construction has just been completed. 125.000 students from 4 universities live in the city. Not surprisingly, bike usage is quite widespread although not as much as in Amsterdam. Montréal has total 660 km of bicycle path.

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Mcgill schulich school of music

I offered five concepts to explore the city.The fifth one is a modern architecture tour. There are many significant “must-visit” buildings which can make up a nice tour for you;

Montréal Olympic Stadium: Designed by Roger Tallibert for 1976 Olympics and known as one of the most expensive stadiums in the world. It has a capacity of 66308 audience and was costed 770 million dollars. The tower on the top of the stadium is of 175-meter long.

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Palais des Congres: This colorful convention center was completed in 2003 by Hal Ingberg Architecture. Filling the gap between Old Montréal and the modern city, it is considered as the bridge between these two concepts. It was costed 240.000 dollars..

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Habitat 67: A set of buildings built as precast resembling squatters narrowing upwards on the skirts of a small hill. Built by the architecture Moshe Safdie in 67 EXPO and inspired by the placement of Italian mountain towns.

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New Museum of Fine Arts arrives Montréal this fall

Thanks to the 6-floor building added to the Montréal Museum of Fine Arts which is presented as the new exhibition area of art of Canada, 600 artworks can now be exhibited in the museum. The new section of the museum designed by Provencher Roy and Associés Architecture will be opened in September 2011. The museum celebrated its 150th year in 2010 and was expanded with state support in the same year. However, the financier this year is Claire and Marc Bourgie. Presenting the harmony with the historical texture, the project will also include a concert hall with a capacity of 450 people.

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Claire& Marc Bourgie Pavilion

Claire and Marc Bourgie Pavilion fromMBAM onVimeo.

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