Monday, March 7, 2011
Snow in Quebec City
A snowy, rainy, slushy, freezing rain day in Quebec City - but the weather did not dampen my enthusiasm for the architecture. Much of old Quebec has been preserved and their are strict rules as to what can be done to buildings. Some date as far back as the 1600s (Quebec was founded by Samuel de Champlain in 1608).
The Catholic Church wielded a lot of power over the people of Quebec for many years. Churches are prominent in all parts of the city.
Quebec is one of the snowiest cities on the planet. Many homes have steeply sloping roofs, but snow still accumulates. It is not unusual to see ladders set up for the roof cleaners. In milder weather, walk far from the houses as snow and ice can drop unexpectedly.
Gabled windows are a common architectural feature in Old Quebec.
The houses are often made of stone. Everything looks so solid.