Standing in the centre of a water basin formed by four half-circles, this monument is composed of a pedestal and a square column. At the top of the square column is the statue of Maisonneuve, founder and first governor of Ville-Marie. His eyes fixed on the horizon, he holds the flag of the King of France in his right hand; while his left hand rests on the pommel of his sword. The fourteen bronze elements of the composition are articulated around these architectural elements designed by architects Mesnard and Venne. Place d’Armes was the perfect spot to celebrate the founder of Montréal, as it was the central square of the historic city.
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