Québec's capital—particularly Old Québec and the Parliament Hill area—are home to some remarkable trompe-l'oeil murals. These enormous frescoes give visitors a glimpse into the city's history and culture.

La Fresque des Québécois (Yves Tessier)

Fresque des Québécois

Visitors to Old Québec's Place-Royale can't miss the immense Fresque des Québécois on Côte de la Montagne. This mural recounts the story of Québec City, weaving in visual allusions to its unique architecture and fortifications, and its larger-than-life personalities. Look closely at the building's windows: you'll see some 15 historic figures and nearly a dozen of Québec's leading writers and artists. It's truly a breathtaking work!

Frescoe in Petit-Champlain | Credit:  CCNQ, Corinne Poirieux
Credit: CCNQ, Corinne Poirieux

Fresque du Petit-Champlain

Further along, at the foot of Escalier Casse-Cou (Breakneck Steps) and along one of the oldest streets in North America, is Fresque du Petit-Champlain. It depicts milestones in the history of Cap-Blanc, Québec City's working-class waterfront neighborhood, from the beginnings of New France until the present day.

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BMO frescoe | Credit:  CCNQ, Corinne Poirieux
Credit: CCNQ, Corinne Poirieux

Fresque BMO de la capitale nationale du Québec

A stone's throw from Parliament Hill on Rue De La Chevrotière, one wall of Édifice Marie-Guyart shows off Fresque BMO de la capitale nationale du Québec, which commemorates Québec City's 400 years of rich political history. It depicts the façade of Québec's Parliament Building and various individuals who—each in his or her own way—left their mark on the province's political development.

There are a dozen other murals to discover throughout the region, notably in Cap-Rouge, Beauport, Wendake (Village des Hurons), the Côte-de-Beaupré region, and Lévis. Discover them all by visiting the website of Commission de la Capitale Nationale du Québec (in French only).

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