Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Holy dome, Batman!

Here's the cathedral Marie-Reine-du-Monde from the outside. It's got an impressive dome. But these days it's dwarfed by the rising downtown skyline. Still, it makes for a nice contrast.

The large central dome and one of two smaller domes.

I left the cathedral and headed to the heart of downtown, the Place Ville Marie and it's iconic 47-story office tower, built in 1962. I hoped there would be an observation deck I could go up to for views from above. Indeed there is an observation deck, but it's new. The grand opening was scheduled for July. I missed out.


  1. It is hard to believe the office tower is so old. I like it.

  2. Wonderful photo. Too bad that it took them 54 years to figure out that an observation deck would be
    a good idea.

  3. I love the office tower and am stunned that it's as old as it is. Great contrast in styles, too!

  4. Ahhhhh, I always love your blog post titles :)

  5. There used to be a Club "Lounge Altitude 737" in the top three floors - packed on Thursdays and Fridays with business people but it closed down in 2013. The new owner of the building has revamped the floors and hence the observation deck .

  6. Just want to make sure that the office tower shown here is not the Place Ville Marie. Place Ville Marie is the building in the shape of a cross designed by Ian Pei the same guy who revamped the Musée du Louvres in Paris with the glass pyramid.

    1. Jon

      This "modern" building shown juxtaposed to the church in the pic is Le 1000 de la Gauchetère built in 1992. There is a skating rink in the atrium of said building of 51 floors.

  7. I didn't mean to mislead anyone. The building in the photo is, as noted by jon and t.b., NOT the Place Ville Marie, but a much more recent addition to Montréal's skyline. :)


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