Solid - bank architecture of the past gave a sense of the weight of the institution. This is the headquarters of the Bank of Montreal. Finished in 1847 this building sits prominently at Place d'Armes in Old Montreal, opposite Notre Dame Church, another symbol of power.
Beside the church is one of the oldest buildings still standing in Montreal, The Saint-Sulpice Seminary, built in 1687 (the clock dates from the early 1700s). The Catholic Church played a decisive role in Quebec's history. The Sulpicians were among the first settlers in New France. They saw as part of their role to educate the native population, and, of course, convert them to Christianity. They held large properties throughout the island of Montreal.
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