Thursday 10 September 2015

Historic District of Old Québec

These two postcards show exactly the same place, but with a difference of about 40 years! Changed a little but not much :)

Porte Saint-Louis
This postcard was sent by Jason with some nice stamps of Canadian bands

Québec was founded by the French explorer Champlain in the early 17th century. It is the only North American city to have preserved its ramparts, together with the numerous bastions, gates and defensive works which still surround Old Québec. The Upper Town, built on the cliff, has remained the religious and administrative centre, with its churches, convents and other monuments like the Dauphine Redoubt, the Citadel and Château Frontenac. Together with the Lower Town and its ancient districts, it forms an urban ensemble which is one of the best examples of a fortified colonial city. - in:

Porte Saint-Louis
This postcard was sent by Carole-Anne

Located in Canada, the Ramparts of Quebec City are the only remaining fortified city walls in North America. The British began refortifying the existing walls, after they took Quebec City from the French in the Battle of the Plains of Abraham in 1759.

Porte St. Louis: dates back to at least 1694 was demolished in 1791 because of its poor condition and rebuilt. This gate lasted until 1823 when it was replaced. It was eventually removed altogether in 1871 before being replaced by the gate we see now in 1880 by Lord Dufferin. - in: wikipedia

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