Architecture of Quebec City


Architecture of Quebec City

The architecture of Quebec City is characterized by the fact that it is one of North America's oldest cities, being founded in 1608. The original French settlers in the area imported architecture similar to that found in their native country at the time.

Quebec City was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1985, and is the only remaining fortified city north of Mexico, .

Quebec City is not lacking in significant pieces of secular architecture. It has hundreds of surviving heritage homes which have been built in the particular style of New France. This style is an adaptation to the colder climes of Quebec of ancient 17th and 18th century house forms of Normandy and other traditional lands of the North of France.

Quebec City was and still is a predominantly Roman Catholic city. The churches surrounding the city and its neighbouring regions were built to accommodate this fact. Notable Catholic churches in the area include the Notre-Dame de Québec Cathedral, Notre-Dame-des-Victoires Church and the Basilica of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré in the nearby town of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré.

ee also

* List of Quebec architects
* Culture of Quebec
* Architecture of Montreal

External links

* [http://www.patrimoine-religieux.qc.ca/ Québec Religious Heritage Foundation]
* [http://www.quebecheritage.com/en/architectural.html Héritage Québec]


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