You’ll never lack for beautiful sights to see in Quebec City, but I loved learning little factoids as I wandered the narrow streets of this provincially-French city on an Art & Architecture Walking Tour.
Quebec City is the oldest walled city north of Mexico and has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage treasure.
It’s beautiful. I loved learning about the French culture and Quebec’s history. The French influence is still so pervasive that I felt like I was in Europe.
A mix of modern and old, the story behind some of the historical buildings in Quebec City were fascinating. For instance, this Morrin Building was originally the jail. Eight people were hung from the gallows that once adorned the front of this building. Now it is an English library.
Not to be outdone, the church that once stood next to the Morrin building in now the French library. But — before that revitalization, the building housed a school for circus performers. Can you guess which one?
But my favorite little factoid that I learned on my walking tour? This: how do you think these small glass windows were shipped to “New France” as it was being settled?
The window panes were shipped inside barrels full of molasses so that the glass wouldn’t break!
I’m not going to share any more of the secrets. This is a tour for anyone who loves architecture and history. I don’t want to give all the fun facts away!
Did any of these facts surprise you?