Montreal Underground City
In the 60s of the 20th century, the chansonnier Gilles Vigno sang: “Mon pays c’est l’hiver” (My country’s name is winter). Quebec residents have always known how to use all the opportunities that the harsh climate of this area provides. He contributed to the development of excellent winter sports, and residents staged noisy carnivals. But, probably, snow and slush interfere with going to the theater and shopping. The inhabitants of Montreal solved this problem by going down underground. The construction of a shopping center on Ville-Marie Square was completed in the 60s of the XX century. Now many passages protected from the weather, 29 kilometers long, are built throughout the city center. There are metro and train stations, shops and department stores (about 1700), theaters, hotels, offices and apartments. In winter, you can enjoy all the charms of city life without even going outside. And in the summer, when the weather is pretty damp in Montreal, you can also take refuge in the underground City, the rooms of which are equipped with an air conditioning system.
At the top of the hill is a building of Arts. This is one of the oldest buildings dating from 1839, although modernized. It was built a little later than the university (1821), also at the expense of the famous fur trader, a Scottish-born, James Mac Gill.
The McCord Museum was bequeathed to the city by an avid collector David McCord. The modern capabilities of the museum allow you to exhibit only a small part of the tens of thousands of exhibits collected by him. The wealth of the collection is the basis of stunning exhibitions on various topics, from ice hockey to satirical cartoons.
The Anglican Cathedral of the Church of Christ is a magnificent monument of the architectural style of the Gothic revival. It was built in 1859 and experienced several dangerous moments. The stone spire was too heavy, and the foundation could not withstand it. It was necessary to replace the spire with an aluminum construction. The solution to the problem of the settling foundation was found in the 80s of the XX century. The entire building (weighing 9,000 tons) was jacked and a new foundation was built. This underground extension now houses Les Promenades de la Cathedrale, a shopping center, although stores were not allowed directly under the church.
During the Quiet Revolution of Quebec, joint efforts were made to revive the eastern part of the city center, in which the culture of French-backgrounds is best represented. The University of Quebec in Montreal and the Complexe Desjardins with a huge atrium, the venue for popular and entertaining events, were founded here. Around the City Square of Arts, the busiest in the summer, there are many buildings and the modern building of the Museum of Modern Art of Montreal with a rich collection. The museum was opened in 1992.
In the largest building is a hall. Here, about 2892 spectators can watch the performances of local ensembles, the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, the Opera and Le Grand-Balle-Canadiene, the Canadian Grand Ballet.
What you can see in the Underground City of Montreal
What is the Underground city, often called the “inner city”. It was opened in 1962 and is the largest building with everything from restaurants and shops to offices and hotels. However, first of all, the underground city is a huge shopping center of Montreal. From this oasis of trading industry, you can move to many ground-based multi-level shopping centers and shops.
Montreal, located underground – these are tens of kilometers of residential and business complexes, garages, cinemas, concert halls, restaurants, Montreal hotels and other interesting objects where it is comfortable and warm even in winter.
The townspeople have the opportunity to get to the desired ground facility, you can also make purchases, enjoy the fountains, go to the movies with the children or enjoy small rides – all within the Underground city.
Underground City Transport
Today, this place is very popular among tourists who, coming to Montreal, come down here to see the whole modern city. It should be noted that here, as well as on the surface, trains, subways and buses ply. Often, to avoid idle traffic jams, an underground city is used for faster and more comfortable movement. As with any subway system, there are many inputs and outputs.