Rue Saint-Paul (Montreal)

Rue Saint-Paul (Saint Paul Street) is a street in the Old Montreal historic area of Montreal, Quebec.

Saint Paul Street
Saint Paul Street in Old Montreal
Native nameFrench: Rue Saint-Paul
Length2 km (1 mi)
LocationMontreal
West endMontfort Street
East endBerri Street
Construction
Inauguration1673

The street was laid out by François Dollier de Casson, along the route of a path that had bordered a former fort.[1] Saint Paul is Montreal's oldest street and for many years served as its main thoroughfare.[2] Paved in 1672, it was named after Paul de Chomedey de Maisonneuve, founder of Montreal, who built a home for himself on it in 1650.[3]

The street is home to such landmarks as the Bonsecours Market and Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours Chapel.[4] Much of Saint Paul is still paved with cobblestones. Plans to pedestrianize the street in 2008 were dropped by the City of Montreal after complaints from merchants.

References

  1. Goldman, Norman. "A Summer Walk into Montreal's Early Years under French Rule". Bootsn All Travel. Retrieved 2008-03-02.
  2. "Rue Saint Paul". Planetware. Retrieved 2008-03-02.
  3. "In the footsteps of Emilie". Sisters of Providence. Archived from the original on September 22, 2008. Retrieved 2008-03-02.
  4. "Saint Paul Street, Democracy in Montreal". City of Montreal. Retrieved 2008-03-02.


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