Fontaine de Tourny stands directly in front of the Parliament Building, where it inevitably draws the gaze of passersby with its 43 water jets and sculpted figures. The 7 meter high fountain is especially stunning when lit up at night.
Fontaine de Tourny was originally installed in Bordeaux, France, in 1857, only to be removed in 1960. Department store magnate Peter Simons stumbled across it at the Saint-Ouen flea market in Paris. At the time he was looking for a unique gift to make to the City of Québec for its 400th anniversary. He had the fountain shipped to Québec City in 2003, where it was restored before being presented to the city. Today it has become a must-see attraction.
The very first national historic site in Québec and seat of the National Assembly, the Parliament Building is an impressive structure whose four wings form a square measuring about 100 metres by 100 metres. Built between 1877 and 1886, its architecture, virtually unique in North America, is inspired by the Louvre Palace, making it one of the only French-style institutional buildings in Québec City.
The Parliament Building and its grounds pay eloquent tribute to the men and women who marked the history of Québec. The building’s main façade boasts 26 bronze statues erected to the memory of key historical figures: founders, explorers, soldiers, missionaries, politicians, and colonial administrators.
Not far from Parliament Hill stands porte Saint-Louis, a towering stone gate providing access to the walled town. Built in 1694, it was demolished and rebuilt on two separate occasions. Porte Saint-Louis leads on one side to Grande Allée, one of the city’s most prestigious thoroughfares, and on the other to Rue Saint-Louis and Château Frontenac.
Québec City is sometimes called North America's Paris, but that does a disservice to the city's particular mix of French-Anglo culture, which is in a class of its own. – Condé Nast Traveler, February 2015
In addition to the statues on the main facade of the Parliament Building, numerous other monuments dot the gardens and grounds on Parliament Hill.