The Parliament Building was erected between 1877 and 1886. It is an imposing structure whose four wings form a large square. Its architecture, inspired by the Louvre Palace in Paris, makes it one of the only French-style institutional buildings in Québec City. It is Québec’s oldest historic site and the seat of Québec’s government.
The Parliament Building and its grounds pay tribute to men and women who have marked the history of Québec. The building’s main facade boasts 26 bronze statues erected to the memory of key historical figures: founders, explorers, soldiers, missionaries, politicians, and administrators. Additional statues of past premiers and other influential figures dot the lawns and gardens.
The Fontaine de Tourny stands directly in front of the Parliament Building, where it draws the gaze of passersby all year round. Whether it’s spouting water in summer or sporting holiday decorations in winter, it’s a delight to behold in any season.
The elegant fountain was first installed in Bordeaux in 1857, only to be removed in 1960. Department store magnate Peter Simons stumbled across it at the Saint-Ouen flea market in Paris several years later. 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. Although a beautiful sight in winter, it reveals the true measure of its splendour in summer.
Not far from Parliament Hill stands Porte Saint-Louis, one of the gates providing access to the walled town. 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 the Château Frontenac. Built in 1694, it was demolished and rebuilt on two separate occasions.
Québec City is one of the world’s fifteen best places to spend Christmas. - CNN, December 2015