City Hall
Architectural BuildingsGovernment Buildings
Monday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
About
This ornate building exemplifies Second Empire architectural design.
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The area
Address
Neighbourhood: Ville-Marie
How to get there
  • Place-d'Armes • 4 min walk
  • Square-Victoria-OACI • 6 min walk
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IAN D
Wigan, UK25,320 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
The five-story Montreal City Hall is the seat of local government in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. It was designed by architects Henri-Maurice Perrault and Alexander Cowper Hutchison, and built between 1872 and 1878 in the Second Empire style. Montréal City Hall has a more turbulent history than its peaceful façade suggests. The building went up between 1872 and 1878, and survived a severe fire in 1922. And it was from this balcony that French President General de Gaulle uttered his famous “Vive le Québec libre!” (Long live free Québec) during a state visit in 1967. At dusk, when it is lit up, it is absolutely spectacular. Behind the City Hall, lies the Champ-de-Mars. Two lines of stone runs across the surface. This is one of the few spots in present-day Montréal where you can still see physical evidence of the fortified town of yesteryear.
Written 18 May 2024
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Foodange
Manchester, UK3,904 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
Even though there were boards all round and it didn’t seem we could visit, we could still see what a magnificent building this is.
Written 1 December 2023
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Dimitris L
Sydney, Australia48,693 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
The City Hall is a huge building and is quite an imposing one too. It was designed and built in the late 19th century. It stands on the high end of the street and is easily seen from a distance. We were unable to go inside as it was closed for renovations during our visit.
Written 10 November 2023
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Thomas V
Oakland, CA16,063 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
Very old fashioned building that looks like it belongs in northern Europe, Belgium or France. There were weddings going on so lots of people around and this reminded me that this is not just an historic building, but also a functional one.
Written 15 July 2023
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Thomas V
Oakland, CA16,063 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
There was renovation and construction going on so we could not get a full view of this old noble building that evokes the Hotel de Ville in Paris. Not quite.
Written 12 November 2022
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toddlerpants
Droitwich, UK946 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
This impressive building in the downtown area has great architecture.
I was told that it lights up at night but a different color each night.
Written 14 July 2020
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YTCHENG
Hong Kong, China15,405 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
The 18th century built ornate building exemplifies Second Empire architecture design and should be a "must see" site for visitors. It is currently under intensive redecoration and you can only view the elegant building from outside.
Written 23 October 2019
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Sanjay B
Vadodara, India1,599 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
A beautiful ,old historic unique building,the City Hall Montreal which was originally built in 18th century.though it was destroyed by fire and so built again in 19 th century is a eye catching building .A castle type view and in the main adjoining market and Place Jacques Cartier is having photo look. though nowdays it is closed due to renovation but still a very elegant structure. worth seeing. its a place for elected officials and city council.
Written 30 September 2019
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Elizabeth Loran
St Johann in Tirol, Austria18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
Worth visiting, and somewhere I've revisited many times over the years. This is not a large basilica but has interesting history. Stunningly beautiful, it left me totally speechless.
Written 29 September 2019
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on_the_go_98765
Tucson20,631 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
The security guard allowed me an opportunity to pop in and look at the public spaces ever so briefly, I just had to see the interior of this historic treasure. This iteration was a complicated rebuild where only the shell of this 1878 beauty survived a 1922 fire.

The interior structure was built of steel and, in 1926, it reopened for the people's business. Since May, it has been and will remain closed for heritage restoration and safety upgrades. From my viewpoint, the incorporation of the two resulted in a seamless transition.

This is a 5-floor building and the guard allowed me to nose about on the lower and upper floors (which was enough). Taking a guided tour of all 5 floors is on my to-do list in the future. I'd love to learn more about what stories this building has to tell.
Written 21 September 2019
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