Montreal – Centre de Commerce Mondial (World Trade Center)

747 Rue du Square-Victoria

A stop at this building for me is considered a must for different reasons.

First, the entrance from the square actually bears a modern look. The all glass section is built above the Fortification Lane which was once the wall of the city. Consequently, the buildings on each side of the alley adds definitely charm and is now counts a few high-end shopping stores that connects to the underground metro system. The atrium connects the Bank of Nova Scotia building and the historical Canada Steamship Lines building.

While the center contains stores and a food court, it is the commercial trading aspect that is the dominant purpose of this building thus explaining the reasons why it is closed during pandemic.

Some interesting features of the building includes the fountain and sculpture of Amphitrite, wife of Poseidon created by Dieudonné-Barthélémy Guibal that used to be in France (Saint-Mihiel).  The black long sleek pool is very chic and with the lighting it embellishes the whole area. 

Another element of Europe that can be found in this center is an historical piece of the Berlin wall.  Just walk along the open atrium area and you will find the relict.

Finally, but probably temporary for the 2020 holidays, there are different mannequins of Santa Claus and the different legends from different cultures around Saint Nicolas is nicely presented and displayed, for free, in the atrium.

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