Friday, July 14, 2017

Old Quebec City Trip #31: Louis XIV & Place Royale Square

In this blog about Old Quebec City, we'll explore Place Royale, a central plaza in the Lower Town of Old Quebec. In the center of the square is a bust of Louis XIV. There's also one of Quebec's oldest churches, built in 1688. In the 17th century, this plaza hosted a bustling market, and it's busy, but not bustling today. We did enjoy a tea and pastry breakfast at Maison Smith Bakery on the square.

LOUIS XIV TRIBUTE - The square was decorated in 1686 by a statue of the French "sun king" Louis XIV and therefore also named Place Royale.

Maison Smith Bakery 
OLDEST STONE CHURCH! - On the south side of the square, the church of Notre-Dame-des-Victoires was built between 1687 and 1723, which is the oldest stone church in North America.

ORIGINAL BUILDING PURPOSES - The buildings erected at that time served mainly the fur trade with the native inhabitants. The trading post developed rapidly and became the present suburb of Québec. The reconstruction after the great fire of 1682 took place with fire walls.
An old photo of the square

FALLING DOWN, BUILDING UP - In 1759, the British army under General James Wolfe laid siege to Québec, destroying a large part of the city, including the Place Royale, by bombarding it. In the 1960s and 1970s extensive reconstruction, reconstruction and reconstruction work was carried out in the district. 
A look into Place Royal from the Quebec Fresco

The Oldest Stone Church in North America

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