Place de la FAO
Point of interest
Ville de Québec
This beautiful public square commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO), founded in Québec City in 1945.
In the middle of the square stands a sculpted fountain called La Vivrière, which depicts a figurehead holding in her arms foods from every continent, symbolizing the generosity, abundance and fertility of the Earth. The base of the monument indicates that the bank of the St. Lawrence River once reached this spot. The form and colours of the paving stones here evoke waves.
What to Do at Place de la FAO
- Grab a bite to eat at one of the many sidewalk cafés nearby.
- Visit the many antique dealers and art galleries scattered throughout the Old Port.
- Admire the impressive architecture of the former Canadian Bank of Commerce, dating back to 1914, with its majestic columns, cornices, pediments and cupolas.
History of Place de la FAO
Place de la FAO pays homage to the FAO, which was founded in Québec City, on October 16, 1945, by approximately forty delegates from around the world. The goal of this organization is to support developing nations in their fight against hunger and malnutrition.