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Historic District of Old Québec
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Type of site: Cultural
Date: early 17th c.
Date of Inscription: 1985
Location: North America, Canada, Province of Quebec, City of Quebec
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Description: French explorer Champlain founded Québec in the early 17th century. It is the only city in North America that preserved its ramparts, retaining is numerous bastions, gates and defensive works surrounding Old Québec. The cliff-top Upper Town is still the religious and administrative centre, holding churches, convents and other monuments (including the Dauphine Redoubt, the Citadel and Château Frontenac). The site is one of the best examples of a fortified colonial city, its urban ensemble created together with the Lower Town and its ancient districts. --WHMNet paraphrase from the description at WHC Site, where additional information is available. For 360 degree imaging of this site, click here.
  Québec City (French: Ville de Québec, or simply Québec) (pronounced /kwɨˈbɛk/ or /kəˈbɛk/) is the capital of the Canadian province of Quebec, making it the seat of the provincial Crown. It is the second largest city in the province, after Montreal. Quebec City's Old Town (Vieux-Québec) is the only North American fortified city north of Mexico whose walls still exist, and was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1985 as the "Historic District of Old Quebec". It is also one of the oldest cities in North America (founded in 1608). The city has a population of 528,595, and the metropolitan area has a population of 717,600 (2005). Quebec City is internationally known for its Winter Carnival and the Château Frontenac, a historic hotel which dominates the city skyline. The chief of Parliament, the National Assembly of Quebec (provincial parliament), the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec (National Museum of Fine Arts) and the Musée de la civilisation (Museum of Civilization) are found within or near Vieux-Québec. Among the tourist attractions near the city are Montmorency Falls and the Basilica of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré in the town of Beaupré. --Wikipedia. Text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. For 360 degree imaging of this site, click here.
Reference: 1. UNESCO World Heritage Center, Site Page.
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