Ville-Marie is a central borough of Montreal. It includes both the business center and the historic center of the city.
The name Ville-Marie, the original name of the colony founded in 1642 that will become Montreal 2, comes from the notion of a Marian city. Several cities are thus dedicated to this biblical character, like Lourdes. The Sulpicians who founded and ruled Montreal are great devotees of Mary. The Marian vocation of the city was conceived in advance by Jérôme Le Royer, Sieur de La Dauversière.
The Ville-Marie borough occupies the central part of the city of Montreal, between Mount Royal and the St. Lawrence River. It is surrounded by the city of Westmount to the southwest, by the boroughs of Côte-des-Neiges-Notre-Dame-de-Grace, Outremont and Le Plateau-Mont-Royal to the west, Hochelaga-Maisonneuve to the north, and Southwest to the south. It also includes Saint Helena and Notre Dame in the St. Lawrence River.
The borough is the heart of the metropolis and one of the most vibrant areas of it. There are churches, skyscrapers, shopping malls, shops on St. Catherine Street, as well as restaurants and cafes. There are also four universities.
Many of the commercial neighborhoods offer significant residential-commercial mix, with ground-floor shops and upper-level residences, or a mix of luxury commercial and residential towers. The residential density of downtown Montreal is among the highest of downtowns in North America.
The Peter-McGill district covers part of the former territory of Faubourg Saint-Antoine. It has 31,665 inhabitants.
The Golden Square Mile
The Museum Quarter
The Saint-Jacques district has 28,100 inhabitants.
The Montreal Business Center
Old Montreal (including the Old Port of Montreal)
The Latin Quarter and the Faubourg Saint-Laurent
The International Quarter
The Health District
The Entertainment Quarter
The City of Le Havre
Griffintown (in part)
It covers part of the former Faubourg Sainte-Marie and has 23 555 inhabitants.
The district of Sainte-Marie
There are museums: Pointe-à-Callière, Château Ramezay, Archeology Museum of Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours Chapel, Musée Grévin de Montréal.
The borough of Ville-Marie now only has seven buildings dating from the French regime in Montreal (finished in 1763), the Old Seminary of Saint-Sulpice (1684), the former General Hospital (1693), the Château Ramezay (1705 ), Maison Clément-Sabrevois de Bleury (1747), Maison Brossard-Gauvin (1750), a small outbuilding associated with the “Papineau House” not accessible by the street (1752) and the Maison Dumas (1757).
Notre-Dame Basilica of Montreal
Old Seminary of Saint-Sulpice
Montreal City Hall
Old Port of Montreal
Marguerite Bourgeoys Museum
Jacques Cartier Square
Sir George-Étienne Cartier National Historic Site of Canada
Jacques Viger Building
House of culture Frontenac
Square Victoria is a square in the heart of the Montreal International District. Rectangular in shape, it is located in a lane that bears many names, between Beaver Hall Hill to the north and McGill Street to the south. It is bordered by Viger street to the north and Saint-Jacques street to the south. It is crossed by Saint-Antoine street. A subway station bears the name: Square-Victoria, with two entrances leading into the square.
One of the most important elements of the Square remains the Hector Guimard art nouveau metro entrance, created according to the models of the entrances to the Paris metro. A large statue of Queen Victoria is also in the center. There is also a statue of Ju Ming called Taichi Single Whip.
Terraces adorned with modern sculptures, inland water jets and benches, reserve space for individual trees to the north, or grouped in a wooded area to the south.
On the edge of the square are located: the Montreal World Trade Center to the east, the Bourse Tower and the Place de la Cité International to the west and the Quebecor building to the south.