June 17, 2010

Tourists in Quebec: Vieux-Québec

For someone like me with a fascination for historical architecture, walking the streets of Old Quebec was an absolute joy. Here are some of my favorite buildings, though not always because I think they are beautiful.

Hôtel du Parlement. Standing just outside the walls of Old Quebec, half of the Parliament Building had scaffolding at the time of our visit. It has a lovely fountain with a gorgeous sculpture in the middle of its grand, horseshoe-shaped stairs.

Hôtel du Parlement, Quebec City

Château Frontenac. This huge, sprawling old hotel is the iconic landmark of the old city.

Château Frontenac, Quebec City


Hôtel de Ville de Québec. Quebec City Hall was built on the site of an older Jesuit college.

Hôtel de Ville de Québec, Quebec City


Édifice Price. Narrow, but at 18 floors, it is the tallest building in the old walled city.

Édifice Price, Quebec City


Édifice Gérard D. Lévesque. Formerly the Quebec City Courthouse.

Édifice Gérard D. Lévesque, Quebec City


Old Post Office. With a statue of Monseigneur François-Xavier de Montmorency-Laval, the first Roman Catholic bishop of New France.

Old Post Office, Quebec City


Séminaire de Québec. The oldest part of the seminary, with a large courtyard in the middle.

Séminaire de Québec, Quebec City


Notre-Dame de Québec. The basilica-cathedral of the oldest Roman Catholic parish in North America.

Notre-Dame de Québec, Quebec City


Chapelle des Ursulines. The convent of the Ursulines in Quebec City is the oldest institution of learning for women in North America.

Chapelle des Ursulines, Quebec City


Eglise Saint-Roch. Not located inside the walled city of Vieux Québec at all, my husband and I accidentally came upon the church while we were walking around the vicinity of our hotel soon after we arrived. The Church of Saint Roch is the largest church in Quebec City.

Eglise Saint-Roch, Quebec City

22 comments:

Tracy said...

Wonderful photos. I have never been to Quebec. It looks like a beautiful city.

Photo Cache said...

wow!

quebec city and montreal are in my wish list - they say these cities have european vibes and the architecture is awesome.

Tash said...

It's a joy for us too! Thank you for showing us around. The architecture is just marvellous.

Tash said...

PS - your photographs are just marvellous too.

brattcat said...

It looks as if you had such sunny weather. I think Quebec does have a very European feel to it and you've captured that beautifully with these shots.

Leif Hagen said...

That's a treasure trove of wonderful buildings in your photo series! Must have been great to visit them, eh?

Buck said...

You have a great eye, and your love of architecture shows in these excellent photos. Unbelievably, I live less than a day's drive away and I have yet to visit Quebec! You are my travel hero!

Olivier said...

encore de belles découvertes pendant la promenade que tu nous proposes, superbe le "Château Frontenac"

T. Becque said...

The architecture is nice. Your pictures are lovely. But on a selfish note, seeing your travel photos does nothing to ease my longing to travel :) Although your idea of staying in a hotel in town for a weekend may be the remedy!

Reena said...

ang ganda! parang nasa europe!

Louis la Vache said...

Très intéressant, Hilda!

Boom Nisanart said...

Hilda, The architecture is magnificent !!!!

VP said...

A great set of pictures of beautiful and interesting places.

Cezar and Léia said...

ohmigod, all buildings are huge there!I love all pictures, I need to go there, imagine...I could speak French and enjoy so beautiful places! :)
Hugs
Léia

Misalyn said...

OMG! Grabe ang ganda ng mga buildings, fascinating ang architecture!

Unseen Rajasthan said...

Lovely,Beautiful and fantastic shots !!Simply Great !!Unseen Rajasthan

Jacob said...

I'm rather in awe, not only with all the beautiful architecture in Quebec City, but with your beautiful photographs!

They are all wonderfully composed, well exposed and nice and sharp.

Great and fun post! Merci!

James said...

Hello Hilda. I just finished looking at your last few posts. I've wanted to go to Canada for a while but now I want to go even more. Your pictures are wonderful!

bfarr said...

Wonderful series of architectural shots.

George said...

Thanks for sharing these interesting buildings with us. It's wonderful that so many of the old buildings have survived.

Lois said...

Magnificent architecture Hilda and you did a wonderful job photographing them!

Kaori said...

Fantastic photos of the beautiful buildings! Had no idea Quebec had such lovely achitecture! My favorite is the old courthouse :-)