Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Quebec Trip #10: Quebec the Only Walled City in North America

Tom and Porte St. Louis
This blog about our May trip to Quebec, we'll explore  the Ramparts of Quebec City

FASCINATING FACT - We learned that Old Quebec is the only remaining fortified city in North America north of Mexico

ABOUT THE WALL - The wall, which runs on the eastern extremity on the Promontory of Quebec, surrounds most of Old Quebec, known as the "Historic District of Old Quebec," which was declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 1985. It surrounds part of the Upper Town and the Lower Town.

Looking atop the wall
THE 4 GATES (PORTES) - There are four gates around the city. There were apparently more, although we couldn't find out what they called or where they were located. 
1.   Porte St. Louis: dates back to at least 1694 was demolished in 1791 because of its poor condition and rebuilt. This gate lasted until 1823 when it was replaced. It was eventually removed altogether in 1871 before being replaced by the gate we see now in 1880 by Lord Dufferin

Porte St. Jean
2. Porte St. Jean: dates back to at least 1694, was demolished in 1791 because of its poor condition and rebuilt. This gate lasted until 1865 when it was demolished and rebuilt again. The present gate was built in 1939.
The Kent Gate

3.      Porte Kent: erected in 1879 was named after Queen Victoria's father The Duke of Kent.
Top of the wall after going up a staircase

4.    Porte Prescott: erected in 1797 by, and named after Robert Prescott. It was demolished in 1871. The current gate was built in 1983 (we didn't see this gate).

The Prescott Gate (Port)

gate crenellations
Doorway atop the wall

Quebec is the capital city of the Quebec Province and the top 2 industries are tourism and government. 

NEXT: Chateau Frontenac and their dog Mascot

Gift/Memorial Suggestions

Several of our friends have lost loved ones (human and pets) and we found that one of the best ways to honor their memory is to give to an animal charity.
What better way to recognize a life of love, than by giving another life a chance for love?
We donate to many animal rescues, but because we volunteer with
DC Weimaraner Rescue and Coast-to-Coast Dachshund Rescue, those are our 2 favorites.
Consider giving the chance of life to a dog or cat.

About us

We're two married guys who enjoy the simple things in life, especially our dogs. We volunteer for dog rescues, enjoy splitting dinners, exercising, blogging, helping friends and neighbors, ghost investigations, coffee and tea, Tudor history, weather, superheroes, comic books, mystery novels, traveling, 70s and 80s music, classic country, piano, gardening, writing books on ghosts and spirits, architecture, keeping a clean house, cooking simply, and keeping in shape. You'll find tidbits of all of these things on this blog and more.

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!
Wondering what home project to do next