Dominated by the majestic outline of the Parliament Building and graced by a splendid fountain in its forecourt, Parliament Hill exudes style and elegance.
The Parliament Building
The Parliament Building was erected between 1877 and 1886. It is an imposing structure whose four wings form a large square. Its architecture, inspired by the Louvre Palace in Paris, makes it one of the only French-style institutional buildings in Québec City. It is Québec’s oldest historic site and the seat of Québec’s government. The building’s main facade boasts 26 bronze statues erected to the memory of key historical figures.
Fontaine de Tourny
Fontaine de Tourny stands directly in front of the Parliament Building, where it draws the gaze of passersby with its 43 water jets and sculpted figures.
Originally installed in Bordeaux, France, in 1857, and then removed in 1960, the fountain was discovered by chance during a visit to a flea market in Paris by a businessman from Québec City. At the time he was looking for a unique gift to make to the City of Québec for its 400th anniversary. He had the fountain shipped to Québec City, where it was restored before being presented to the city.
Day or night, Grande Allée's sidewalk restaurants and cafés and beautiful architecture attract big crowds. When summer rolls around, the restaurants and bars open up their outdoor patios, and the city’s legendary street becomes the place to be for Happy Hour or a night on the town. Every year, New Year’s Eve is the occasion for thousands of revellers to gather on Grande Allée to ring in the New Year in a celebratory and festive atmosphere.
Not far from Parliament Hill stands Saint-Louis Gate, a towering stone gate providing access to the walled town. Built in 1694, it was demolished and rebuilt on two separate occasions. Porte Saint-Louis leads on one side to Grande Allée, one of the city’s most prestigious thoroughfares, and on the other to Rue Saint-Louis and Château Frontenac.