Champ de Mars, Montreal

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Montreal's fortifications
in Champ de Mars, Montreal Quebec, Canada
TypeMontreal's fortifications, formerly a parade grounds and city walls
Champ de Mars, location of original walls.
David Ross' house overlooking the Champ de Mars, built circa 1800

Champ de Mars is a public park in Old Montreal quarter of Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

Formerly a military parade ground, the park had previously been the site of Montreal's fortifications, which were demolished at the beginning of the 19th century soon after Montreal City Hall and the old courthouse were built, it had served as a municipal parking lot until being restored as a park in 1980s. At that time, the foundations of Montreal's city walls were discovered and restored.

The site's name commemorates its former military purpose; Mars was the Roman god of war and campus Martius was a Latin term for a military exercise ground;[1] the walls now standing on site were built to show the location of the original walls used to protect the city.[2]

The area is bordered by the Montreal City Hall, the old and new courthouses and the Champ-de-Mars Metro station.

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  1. ^ "Origin of the name Champ-de-Mars". Tour toponymique Les stations de métro, Communauté urbaine de Montréal, 1989. STM Web site. Archived from the original on 2013-05-27. Retrieved 2008-03-05.
  2. ^ "Champ de Mars". Montreal Travel Retrieved 2008-03-05.

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Coordinates: 45°30′32″N 73°33′19″W / 45.50889°N 73.55528°W / 45.50889; -73.55528