- Type: Sightseeing, Neighborhood/Area
- Time to Spend: 1 to 2 hours
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To the unknowing eye, this small section in Old Québec may just seem like a pretty place to shop or to grab a cup of coffee. But it is so much more than that: Place Royale is widely considered to be the birthplace of the French colony and the French American community. During the 17th and 18th centuries, this area of Old Québec acted as the French colony's center of business and industry, supporting a thriving marketplace and housing many wealthy merchants. While exploring this quaint area, you'll come across several notable tributes to its French colonial past, including a striking bust of Louis XIV (one of France's most famous kings) and the Église Notre-Dame-des-Victoires, the oldest stone church in the Québec province.
To make the most out of your visit to Place Royale, many recent visitors recommend stopping in at the Place Royale Interpretation Center (Centre d'Interpretation de Place-Royale), which features exhibits that detail the neighborhood's significance. And one TripAdvisor user suggests, "See it with a tour guide and you will learn a lot about the architecture and history!"
You'll find Place Royale just north of the Museum of Civilization along Rue Dalhousie. You can visit day or night free of charge, but keep in mind that many of the shops and cafés—as well as the Église Notre-Dame-des-Victoires and the Place Royale Interpretation Center—operate on their own hours. For more information, check out the Québec City Tourism website.