The founder of new France, Champlain made his first visit to North America in 1603 and is considered the founder of Quebec (city) where he established a fortified “Habitation” in the summer of 1608. The crane in the background was removing materials from the roof of the Chateau Frontenac, which has recently undergone massive renovations.
Francois de Montmorency de Laval, the first bishop of the Québec diocese, stands atop this monument next to the Louis-Saint-Laurent (a former Canadian Prime Minister from Quebec) building, at the top of Côte de la Montagne and facing Buade Street. I took the second picture to record the threatening sky. It didn’t rain until much later in the afternoon.
The Jean-Paul Lemieux Monument is on côte de la Montagne, by the Breakneck Stairs and is a tribute to the contribution made to the arts by this famous painter. His portrait, when much older, is the one on the upper left on the outside of the Musee national des beaux-arts du Quebec (Quebec national museum of art) The museum is featuring four Quebec artists this fall: Lemieux, Alfred Pellan, Fernand Leduc and Jean-Paul Riopelle . If you go to the linked site, the work of the first three artists flashes by on the home page. We went into the building but because we wanted lunch, went right out the other side; the eating area was way too classy and expensive for what we were looking for.
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