On January 6th, 1643, Paul de Chomedey, Sieur de Maisonneuvre, the founder of Montreal, erected a wooden cross on the top of Mount Royal in thanks to God for saving the new colony from a flood. For more than three and a half centuries, this symbol - the wooden cross was replaced with a steel one in 1924 - has been an iconic landmark for the city. The modern cross is illuminated by LED bulbs, but the tradition lives on. Many locals and visitors to the city hike or bike up the trail to the top of Mount Royal to enjoy the view of the city below. .
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