August 13 2012
I forget the last time I visited the top of the Montreal Clock Tower (Tour de l’Horloge) in the Old Port situated at the end of the Quai de l’Horloge, but today I climbed the 192 stairs to take in the view.
Designed by Montréal-based engineer Paul Leclaire, construction of the tower began on October 31 1919 with the Prince of Wales laying the cornerstone. The 45 metre tower took 2 years to complete and was constructed as a memorial to Canadian sailors who died in WWI, hence the tower also being known as the The Sailors’ Memorial Clock.
The mechanism is a replica to that of Big Ben in London and was manufactured by Gillett and Johnston in Croydon, England. Looking at the mechanism situated near the top of the tower reminded us of the film Hugo.
The viewing platform at the top of the tower is cramped but provides some great views of Montreal and the Saint Lawrence river.
I can never resist taking pictures of the Jacques Cartier Bridge and as I hadn’t yet taken one with the ND 3.0 filter I added another to the collection.
And a long exposure of the old warehouse turned condo complex.
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Thanks for stopping by. Until next time.