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Palais de Justice

Vieux-Montreal (Old Montreal)
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Address: Notre-Dame Street, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
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Mon - Fri 08:30 - 16:30

This courthouse in Old Montreal is an impressive example of architecture...

This courthouse in Old Montreal is an impressive example of architecture from centuries past.

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It's acquired taste

You either love or hate Palais de Justice. The facade is too colourful for my taste...more suited for a vanguard museum? Saving grace is It hosts restaurants, local art... read more

Reviewed 8 September 2016
sylvia k
Montreal, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 September 2016

Located in Old Montreal, it's a great landmark with wonderful grounds. We didn't tour the building, but marveled at it every day.

1 Thank Matthew G
Montreal, Canada
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Reviewed 8 September 2016 via mobile

You either love or hate Palais de Justice. The facade is too colourful for my taste...more suited for a vanguard museum? Saving grace is It hosts restaurants, local art galleries, all kinds of clinics, conference facilities, access to public transportation, etc.. Really, depends what you are looking for... Conference? Perfect because it's close to many posh hotels😉 Sylvia K

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Utica, New York
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Reviewed 19 July 2016

Modernist building a bit on the brutalist side. You'll be passing by as you walk around Old Montreal and it is a bit of an anomaly among the older architectural styles. Easy to pass by with all the other more interesting buildings to see.

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Reviewed 26 April 2016

the cafeteria, run by Cafe Vienne is like an overpriced Sercond Cup with Soups and stuff ..but still you can eat there for $12 at Noon..good washrooms too..Civil, Divorce, Bankruptcy, Small Claims Court suits on ground Floor (Notre Dame lower Entrance, Criminal Cashiers and Clerks on 3rd Floor (st Antoine Entrance)....law ;library on top floor has great views of the... More 

1 Thank Andre E
Montreal, Canada
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Reviewed 9 June 2013

it. is a very nice building and the city must be proud about it. Location is wonderful and the location is exciting mostly for tourists in Old Montreal. White collars working in the surroundings have plenty of restaurants at different level prices.

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Kolkata, India
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Reviewed 13 May 2013

A black concrete and granite structure without any design in the Old Town surrounded by Heritage buildings is truly an eyesore. And they call it a Palace? What a joke!

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Reviewed 16 March 2013

This is a strange place to review but here goes, it's Montreals main courthouse nobody ever comes out of here happy the building is ugly and foreboding, there are no tours so don't bother. If you spend your whole life never having to go there you are lucky.

2 Thank cps66
Denver, Colorado
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Reviewed 29 November 2012

This place is neat, but I wouldn't say it's a must-see. It's a fairly standard legal, provincial building with lots of doors and blue signs. If you're into law and like seeing different courthouses, you might have fun, otherwise it's not all that interesting!

1 Thank SarahNoella
Montreal, Canada
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Reviewed 5 April 2012

The picture looks like the second Palais de Justice; we have a third one which is mostly used in Montreal. The one pictured is beautiful, located next to City Hall in Old Montreal. I'm not sure if it's the first or second one. I haven't been for a visit in a long time but it was a beautifully kept old... More 

1 Thank ELLET919

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Vieux-Montreal (Old Montreal)
The historic centre of Montreal, Vieux-Port is home to some of the city's most antiquated buildings and picturesque streets. Along the waters of the St. Lawrence River, the bank of Old Port features museums, festivals, food stalls, and outdoor athletics, a celebrated part of the city that explodes into fireworks displays on warm summer nights. At its centre, street performers and artists compete with sprawling restaurant terraces for space along Jacques-Cartier Square, while the cobbled streets of Rue St. Paul and Rue Notre-Dame offer a reprieve of quiet galleries and atmospheric wine bars. Horse-drawn carriages are not an uncommon part of traffic, and the narrows they traverse are lined with boutiques, crêperies, and poutine shops enshrined in buildings of stone and wooden lattices. Here you can evoke Montreal's past with a traditional cooking lesson or historical tour, then enjoy its artistic present with live music and theatre.
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