The Place d'Armes, first developed in 1693, is at the heart of Old Montreal, with buildings dating from most of the main eras of the city and representing the various forces that shaped it. The Vieux Seminaire, the oldest building in the city alongside the Basilica of Notre Dame represent religion, and the grandeur of high finance is represented by the historic Bank of Montreal building which contains a museum.
The square saw pitched battles in its early days and then spent years serving as a hay and wood market. In Victorian times, it was turned into a public garden, before assuming its current identity as a dignified and impressive historic site that still bustles with life. A Statue of Paul de Chomedey, the founder of Montreal, dating from 1895, occupies a commanding position at the center of the square.
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