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Place-Royale

This small, attractive plaza was once the economic heart of the city and is the place where Québec began.

Step back in time at Place-Royale, a famous cobblestone town square bordered by 17th- and 18th-century buildings. This is where French America was born, as the first French settlement was started here in 1608.

For more than 200 years, Place-Royale was the town’s main marketplace and center for business activity. In the very beginning, it was also the place where criminals were executed. The square and its houses fell into disrepair during the 1880s and were restored or reconstructed between 1960 and 1980.

Learn about Québec’s heritage with a tour of this small and beautiful plaza, named in honor of King Louis XIV. A replica bust of the French monarch adorns the square. The original bronze sculpture was removed in 1700 and later went missing. The current statue is from 1928.

Dominating Place-Royale is the Church Notre-Dame-des-Victoires built right on top of the spot of the city’s first settlement. Step inside this church, one of the city’s oldest, to view artwork and a fortress-shaped altar.

Get further insight into the square’s history at the Centre d’interprétation de Place-Royale, which is run by the Museum of Civilization. The interpretation center is on a site where 5,000-year-old artifacts were discovered. Some of these ancient objects are on display. Among other attractions is a 3-D movie about the life of Samuel de Champlain, the city’s founder.

Take a few steps away from the plaza to Chevalier House, a mid 18th-century building on Rue du Marché-Champlain. The building was once an inn known as The London Coffee House, which was frequented by naval officers and merchants. Today, the house and its two adjoining buildings are a free museum. See exhibitions on Québec’s architecture and artifacts from the Museum of Civilization’s archives. Conclude your tour with a visit to one of the small cafés or restaurants in the narrow cobblestone streets that flank the square.

Located in Québec City’s Lower Town, Place-Royale is a short walk from the Old Port district and from the cable railway terminal. The square is also served by local bus services.


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Lodging Near Place Royale

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Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac $242
Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac

Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac

1 rue des Carrieres, Quebec
     
    4.6
    of 5, from 3,274 reviews
    4.5 out of 5.0

    Bounded by shops and restaurants, this heritage urban resort is situated on a bluff with views of the St. Lawrence River and Quebec City's Old Town, near the Gare Fluviale de Québec, and one block from a historical 19th-century fortress.

    Hôtel Le Concorde Québec $97
    Hôtel Le Concorde Québec

    Hôtel Le Concorde Québec

    1225 Cours du General de Montcalm, Quebec
       
      3.9
      of 5, from 4,601 reviews
      3.5 out of 5.0

      Located in Centre-Ville, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Martello Tower, Battlefields Park, and Parliament Building. Place Royale and Citadelle of Quebec are also within 1 mi (2 km).

      Hôtel Palace Royal centre-ville $112
      Hôtel Palace Royal centre-ville

      Hôtel Palace Royal centre-ville

      775 Honoré-Mercier Ave, Quebec
         
        4.4
        of 5, from 1,207 reviews
        4.0 out of 5.0

        Located in Old Quebec, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Le Capitole and Parliament Building. Citadelle of Quebec and Place Royale are also within 1 mi (2 km).

        Hotel Port Royal
        Hotel Port Royal

        Hotel Port Royal

        144, rue Saint-Pierre, Quebec
           
          4.4
          of 5, from 1,952 reviews
          4.0 out of 5.0

          In a renovated 19th-century building with dramatic modern decor, this boutique hotel is centered in lovely Old Québec, just 1 block from the St. Lawrence River and the Old Port.

          Hôtel Sainte-Anne $105
          Hôtel Sainte-Anne

          Hôtel Sainte-Anne

          32, rue Sainte-Anne, Quebec
             
            4.4
            of 5, from 977 reviews
            3.0 out of 5.0

            Comprising 2 historic homes, this boutique hotel faces a pedestrian-friendly street in Old Québec within 2 blocks of Château Frontenac and 1 km (0.5 mi) from the Old Port.

            Hotel Clarendon
            Hotel Clarendon

            Hotel Clarendon

            57 rue Sainte-Anne, Quebec
               
              4.2
              of 5, from 1,959 reviews
              3.5 out of 5.0

              Built in 1870, this historic Art Nouveau and Art Deco hotel is located in Old Québec, 1 block from the Château Frontenac.

              Hotel Manoir Victoria $152
              Hotel Manoir Victoria

              Hotel Manoir Victoria

              44, Cote du Palais, Quebec
                 
                4.5
                of 5, from 2,014 reviews
                4.0 out of 5.0

                A 5-minute walk from the Musée de l’Amérique Francophone and Artillery Park, Hotel Manoir Victoria is situated in the historic neighborhood of Old Quebec. A 15-minute stroll leads guests through the quaint Old Town to the waterfront, passing eateries and cultural sights along the way.

                Auberge Saint-Antoine by Relais & Châteaux
                Auberge Saint-Antoine by Relais & Châteaux

                Auberge Saint-Antoine by Relais & Châteaux

                8, rue Saint-Antoine, Quebec
                   
                  4.9
                  of 5, from 1,014 reviews
                  4.5 out of 5.0

                  Located in the heart of the city's Old Port, this Quebec hotel sits in a historic wharf district that was built in the 17th century; the many shops and cafes of Rue St-Paul are less than 300 yards away.