Québec City, Québec – Small France in America

Québec City is not only the oldest town of the continent, but with citadel, intact city wall and old town the only fortified town according to European role model. Founded in 1608, New France’s capital at that time and today’s capital of Québec was able to defend itself late into the 18th century, not least because the strategic position was very well chosen on a mountain above the strait. He Indian word Kebec means “where the river narrows”. Just in 1759 the British conquered the city, but they conceded freedom of religion and mother tongue to the inhabitants at an early stage in 1774. Québec ever since stayed French to the core. Still today from each number plate the province’s slogan “Je me souviens” impends: “I remember”.

The completely preserved old town from the 17th and 18th century is absolutely worth seeing. Fancifully decorated restaurants, bistros, boutiques, and shops swarm in the narrow alleys. The well-groomed historical ambience fills even the in this regard spoiled Europeans with enthusiasm.

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