- Sightseeing, Neighborhood/Area Type
- 1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
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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), the Église Notre-Dame-des-Victoires, the oldest stone church in North America, as well as the Fresque des Québécois, which illustrates 400 years of the city's history. Recent visitors call the area charming and unique and recommend spending time wandering around to take in the sights.
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 cafes – as well as the Église Notre-Dame-des-Victoires – operate on their own hours. For more information, check out the Québec City Tourism website.
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