Montreal City Hall is located on 275 Rue Notre-Dame East Montréal, QC H2Y 1C6, Canada and it is just next to the Metro station Champs de Mars in Old Port of Monteal.
City Hall serves as the administrative headquarters for the city of Montréal and the mayor has his office here. Many areas are off-limits to the public, but visitors can register for a quick but insightful 15-minute tour, which takes place several times each weekday from May through October. From September to June, guided tours of city hall can be organized free of charge for group of eight (8) persons or more. Just make an appointment by calling 311 or completing the form.
The five-storey Montreal City Hall is the work of architects Henri-Maurice Perrault and Alexander Cowper Hutchison, and was built between 1872 and 1878 in the Second Empire style. It is also known as the Napoleon III style. The exterior is decorated with ornate balconies, grand turrets, and attractive mansard roofs, and is best appreciated in the evening, when the city lights the building with hundreds of bulbs. It's an awesome sight!
Inside the building, guests will find an abundance of
marble and plenty of bronze. The Hall of Honour is particularly striking and offers portraits of every mayor who ever held this office in Montréal. The hall boasts marble from Campagna, Italy; art deco lamps from Paris; and a magnificent French bronze and glass chandelier that weighs a metric ton City Hall, Montreal, Canada(about 2,200 pounds). Ceilings are hand-carved and the stained-glass windows are stunning. Unfortunately, It is said that Montréal's City Hall was less than 50 years old because it suffered a terrible fire in 1922. The interior was completely gutted but the exterior was spared, even though the roof was destroyed. The people of Montréal saw to it that the interior was restored in a timely manner and fashioned it in the style of the city administrative building in Tours.
Montréal's Hotel de Ville was thrust into the international limelight when French president Charles de Gaulle visited in 1967. It was at this time that he gave his famous "Vive le Québec Libre" (Long-live a Free Quebec) speech from the balcony of the building. It's said that de Gaulle was a huge hit with the people of Montréal but that the Canadian government wasn't very happy with his dissertation. His speech strained Canada's relationship with France for many years.
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snunney (94813) 2014-01-02 6:31
A perfectly exposed night time image with superb detail. I like the upward point of view and the reflection of the lights on the glistening roadway.
jacquest (18927) 2014-01-02 7:31
This is an imposing building and you caught it well in one frame which is not easy. The light combined with the exposure time give very sharp details of the architecture.
All the best for 2014
lousat (87100) 2014-01-02 9:07
Hi Anna,the light so perfect of this pic is the same of the light of your post of TN,also if the hour is different...ehehe..very very bright capture in the best exposure,fine details and perfect natural colors too,i like the building style and the reflection on the wet street! Very well done,have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano
pajaran (57933) 2014-01-02 9:42
Interesantan i dobar tekst o gradskoj kuci ...
Dobra kompozicija, lepo pokazana aritektrura i detalji na fasadi.
Dobar nocni snimak i kontrast, lepe boje.
Srecna vam Nova godina i sve najbolje u daljem radu i zivotu sa dobrim zdravljem.
An interesting and good article on the City Hall ...
Good composition, well demonstrated aritektrura and details on the facade.
A good night shot and contrast, beautiful colors.
Happy New Year and all the best in their future work and life with good health.
cornejo (39303) 2014-01-02 10:45
Hello Anna, very good picture of this interesting building with a nice lighting, very well captured in this beautiful image with good sharpness, nice color and light. Very good and interesting job well done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this beautiful work.
Good afternoon and happy weekend.
Warm greetings from southern Spain.
COSTANTINO (62627) 2014-01-02 10:48
the light of this shot is almost perfect
excellent shot with superb details very
wellcomposed difficult nocturne shot
with an amazing atmosphere and
interesting architectural details
holmertz (48910) 2014-01-03 12:39
This building would look interesting at any time of the day, but at nighttime it is flooded with very attractive light that is spectacular and quite discreet at the same time. I like these mild tones of yellow, blue and pink. I also like the reflections in the wet street which increase the great nightly atmosphere. The sky has turned out a very nice dark grey. You composed and handled this very well and added an interesting note.
pierrefonds (63290) 2014-01-03 16:34
The reflections on the wet street are assets to the composition. Using a tripod and a shutter speed of 5 seconds is allowing me to see a double perspective of the architecture of the City Hall. It also has a special effect on the colors. Have a nice day.
fabbs99 (17129) 2014-01-03 20:39
Bright shot of the Montreal City Hall with nice old windows with sweet colors.Very well captured with good lightings and sharpness.Very well done.TFS.
npecanhuk (73492) 2014-01-03 20:59
Very beautiful building!
Attractive architecture & urban & night picture!
Sharpness, exposure, colors, chosen pov and composition really pleased me!
TFS - congratulations!
Best regards and greetings from Brazil,
eldancer1 (35457) 2014-01-04 9:52
A problem with wide angle lens is titled pov but it worked in your favor with this post. Good nocturnal and timed exposure with good details and good lighting control. Well done, tfs.
rychem (32203) 2014-01-05 9:15
Beautiful night photo, excellent management of light, the city hall looks nobly and impressive
Miguel82 (27277) 2014-01-08 5:56
A remarkable monument among the other ones in Montreal Anna, excellent night capture with good light, useful photo comment providing information and historical references about the building, have a nice day
kato (11630) 2014-01-10 3:54
You're capturing well this City Hall by a good angle and excellent tone/clarity, so it's interesting and impressive to see the classic City Hall with light-up as the castle in blue hour. It looks like profound appearance and elegant design, and to accept the influence of French architecture. And, it's interesting that it stands along the street with the loose slope.
nikkitta (17066) 2014-01-11 13:25
Impresive building well presented, great shapness and quite good light management
Like the sparkingwhite ones and their reflections on the wet stret
Well done, tfs
jmdias (61262) 2014-01-17 15:29
another fantastic nocturne view. I liked the softness of the light here and the quality of the view with excellent sharpness. very nice job.
Noel_Byrne (29143) 2014-02-07 9:48
A very beautiful shot of this classical building. It looks to me almost like a haunted house, but I think that is because I am not familiar with this style of building. You have made it look imposing and majestic, just as a city hall should look! A great night shot and a great capture.
All the best
danos (94194) 2014-02-07 10:25
nice the view of the city hall of Montreal,with the impressive building to be well lighted bringing out its details.I like the excellent presentation of this night shot.Well done.
serp2000 (43106) 2014-02-24 5:25
Very nice old European architecture style. Fine details of the winter street, excellent exposure. My compliments! Well done!
Lefteris13 (300) 2014-06-10 0:04
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