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Old Montreal Touristic Attractions

Architecture

The World Trade Centre Montréal (WTCM) is an architectural mix of distinctive buildings more than a century old. At its outset, a study was conducted to determine the historical, cultural and structural value of the 17-buildings that occupied this city block from 1840 to 1960. Some, as a result, were fully restored and others only partially. Today, this complex fuses the facades of 11 historic buildings with entrances that retain their original personality.

Historic and Modern Architecture

After a major renovation, restoration and construction project from 1988 to 1991, the WTCM was inaugurated in 1992. It was designed by a consortium of architectural firms, namely ARCOP, Provencher Roy and Becker, Gersovitz, Moss (now Fournier Gersovitz Moss et Associés Architectes). Together, they were able to harmonize and integrate the architectural and historical character of the existing structures to create a contemporary centre in a prestigious complex.

Nestled on a 14,164-square-metre city block at Old Montréal’s doorstep, the World Trade Centre Montréal adds to the city's strengths as a business hub and international community. It is home to a number of business, professional and government offices and a shopping gallery-complete with a full range of services for its tenants, as well as many people who work and live in the surrounding area.

Ruelle des Fortifications

The Ruelle des Fortifications gets its name from Old Montréal’s 18-th-century walled fortifications. At one time, it was home to a military centre and farmers who came to sell their products to the local townspeople. Its walls were dismantled between 1804 and 1812.

Today, the Ruelle des Fortifications contains the World Trade Centre Montréal’s boutiques, restaurants and services. It is bordered on both sides by offices hidden behind the facades of historic buildings.

The Ruelle is open year-round for events, exhibitions and promotional kiosks, location shoots and receptions. Bathed in natural light from the magnificent glass roof, it has a warm, welcoming atmosphere that adds to the World Trade Centre Montréal’s charm and elegance.

Take a closer look at the World Trade Centre Montréal’s fashion boutiques and retailers.

Fortification Alley

Berlin Wall

A remnant of the Berlin Wall, a piece of art from Montréal’s public art collection, is on permanent display in the middle of the Ruelle des Fortifications.

The fragment, donated to the City of Montréal by the City of Berlin to commemorate Montréal’s 350th anniversary, is a testament to Berlin's return to the community of free cities after the fall of the Wall on November 9, 1989.

See the Berlin Wall monument for yourself with our virtual tour.

Berlin Wall

Amphitrite Fountain & Black Granite Reflecting Pool

Property of Power Corporation of Canada

The focal point of this 18th-century French fountain is a statue of Amphitrite, wife of Poseidon and Greek goddess of the sea. The work of French sculptor Dieudonné-Barthélémy Guibal (1699–1757), the statue originally stood atop a fountain in the village of Saint-Mihiel in Meuse, France.

Acquired by the late Paul Desmarais, former chair of Power Corporation of Canada, the fountain is located under a magnificent glass roof, which is reflected in the 200-square-meter black granit pool, where a thin layer of running water creates a glass-like effect.

Amphitrite Fountain & Black Granite Reflecting Pool

Circulations Mural

Inaugurated in 2012 to mark the World Trade Centre Montréal’s 20th anniversary, Circulations was created by artist Rafael Sottolichio in collaboration with Olivier Roy.

Located at the entrance to Montréal’s Underground City passageway, the mural dramatizes the WTCM's distinctive architecture and lighting, becoming a public theatre where ideas and dreams intermingle.

Download our "Historical Discovery Tour" guidebook (PDF), celebrating the World Trade Centre Montréal’s 20th anniversary.

Murale Circulations