Some of Montreal’s charm comes from its beautiful and diverse architecture. From old world to futuristic, there are interesting buildings to see around every corner.
Habitat 67 is a 148 unit housing complex made up of 354 cubes. It was erected for 1967’s World Fair held in Montréal.
The complex was designed to provide single family housing with privacy that most city apartment buildings lack. Each unit has its own terrace and there are plenty of amenities for its residents to enjoy.
Habitat 67 is located at 2600 Pierre Dupuy Avenue along the Saint Lawrence River.
Montréal’s Olympic Stadium was built for the 1976 summer Olympics. Its design was based on organic forms and many of the building’s lines are sea creature or insect-like.
The most prominent feature of the stadium is the Montréal Tower Observatory. At 175 meters up and built on a 45 degree angle, the observatory is the highest inclined tower in the world.
Admission to the Tower Observatory is $15 and guided tours are available.
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Located in Old Montréal, Notre-Dame Basilica is a beautiful example of Gothic Revival architecture. When it was completed in 1830, it was the largest church in North America.
An interesting fact: Unlike most Catholic churches, the stained glass in Notre-Dame Basilica’s windows depict scene from Montréal’s religious history rather than biblical scenes.
Notre-Dame Basilica is located at 110 Notre-Dame Street West.
Unless visitors go to attend mass, admission is $5. The church also offers a light and sound show, “And Then There Was Light”, of the history of the church. Shows run Tuesday through Saturday nights. Tickets are $10.
Metro Rail Stations
Not only does Montréal have a great metro system, but its stations are architecturally interesting and are often decorated with public art. Each station was built by a separate architect and all in different styles.
Check out the stained glass window at Champ-de-Mars station and the alien ship-like design of the Lionel-Groulx station.
The Biodôme de Montreal is a fascinating museum that showcases ecosystems in the America’s including tropical forest, Laurentian Forest, St. Lawrence Marine ecosystem, and the Arctic.