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Discovering Montreal: The Latin Neighborhood (part 2)

October 12, 2017
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Just like a popular tourist city in many communities, Montreal is one of the most visited metropolis in Canada. Gaining an average of 10.2 million visitors per year, every neighborhood deserves a tour to fully enjoy the authentic character of this city. Following the article, “The Village”, we are going to show you the main perks of the Latin neighborhood; a perfect place to cultivate and entertain.

The History: From Latin to Culture

The famous Rue Saint-Denis was once traced back to French seigneuries and agricultural families to as early as 1671. From Parisian origin, the official name for this Latin neighborhood originates from the university that was situated there at the time and taught in Latin.

In 1919, Laval University became the University of Montreal where the Latin neighborhood hosted divisions such as Theology, Law and Medicine. After them came Polytechnique Montreal, EDHEC Business School and the Saint-Sulpice Library, making this neighborhood’s status the University District.

At the time, the neighborhood was the most intellectual Francophone city in North America. Famous people, judges, scholars, authors and students often visited their cafés and libraries and bookstores.

For Mount Royal, the departure of the University of Montreal marked a turning point for their area. Consequently, the bourgeois families moved and residential areas were demolished to create complex and office buildings.

It wasn’t until the early 1970s that the district returned to its original status, thanks to the arrival of the University of Quebec in Montreal (UQAM) and the Old Montreal Cegep. Today it is once again known for its strong cultural and academic presence.

Where to Find It

Accessible by the Berri-UQAM metro station, the Latin district is situated close to Downtown Montreal and Old Montreal. It is now an area where many students frequently visit cafés, restaurants and bars.

What to Do

This district is definitely an eventful one, with places like the Saint-Denis Theatre, the Cinematheque Quebec and the National Quebec Archive Library. Even the Montreal ‘Completement Cirque’, the OUMF Festival and several other festivities are held there every year. Find out about their programming on their official websites.

The Latin district is soaked in rich history that allows any visitor to understand the development and background of the city. Although this is more of a student area, its strong cultural presence will interest anyone who loves the arts and the theater. To accommodate you, Les Suites Labelle hotel is close by! With our suites and studios, our hotel is ideal for both short and long stays. Book directly on our website and save 15% today!

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