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December 6, 2015

The Biosphere, Montreal

Filed under: Landscape,Quebec — Tags: , , — Harold Stiver @ 6:00 am
The Biosphere, Montreal

The Biosphere, Montreal

The Biosphere in Montreal was originally built for the 1967 World’s Fair and is based on the geodesic dome and ideas proposed by Buckminster Fuller. It was originally enclosed in an acrylic bubble but this was destroyed when a fire broke out during renovations in 1976. It remained closed until 1990 when Environment Canada began a museum based around issues of water and climate change. This was opened in 1995. The structure has been shown in a number of sci-fi movies such as Battlestar Galactica.

The Biosphere, Montreal

The Biosphere, Montreal

The Biosphere, Montreal

The Biosphere, Montreal

The Biosphere, Montreal

The Biosphere, Montreal

The Biosphere, Montreal

The Biosphere, Montreal

 

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September 30, 2011

Les chuchoteuses (The Gossipers)

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Les chuchoteuses (The Gossipers)

Les chuchoteuses (The Gossipers)

A sculpture from Rue Saint-Paul in Montreal.It reminds me of the Three Gossips stone structure in Arches N.P.

 

The Three Gossips, Arches NP, Utah


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August 19, 2010

Bonsecours Market, Montreal

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Bonsecours Market, Montreal

Bonsecours Market, Montreal

Bonsecours Market, Montreal (In French: Marché Bonsecours) is a public market in the old part of Montreal. It was built in 1847 and served as the city’s main market for many years.

Bonsecours Market, Montreal

Bonsecours Market, Montreal

Bonsecours Market, Montreal

Bonsecours Market, Montreal

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August 5, 2010

The Aliens have Landed

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The Biodome, Montreal

The Biodome, Montreal

At least that’s what it looks like to me. It actually started out as a velodrome for Montreal’s 1976 Olympics. It was also used for the judo competitions.

Between 1989 and 1992, renovations took place that transformed it into a nature exhibit housing exhibits of the South American rain forest, North American forest, the estuary habitat of the St. Laurence, and the Arctic and Antarctic. It is known as the Biodome. Unfortunately we never saw the exhibits as the workers were on strike. The overhead shots were taken from the tower of the Olympic Stadium.

The Biodome, Montreal

The Biodome, Montreal

The Biodome, Montreal

The Biodome, Montreal

The Biodome, Montreal

The Biodome, Montreal

The Biodome, Montreal

The Biodome, Montreal

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August 4, 2010

A most beautiful church

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Notre-Dame Basilica, Montreal

Notre-Dame Basilica, Montreal

I love to visit great churches when I travel and Montreal has one of the best, the Notre-Dame Basilica. The church is located in Old Montreal, and there has been a church at the site since the mid 17th century, initially a small one run by the Jesuits. The present building was constructed in the 1820s.

In my opinion the most impressive part of the ornate interior is the rich blue background which sets off the many yellow gold features.

Notre-Dame Basilica, Montreal

Notre-Dame Basilica, Montreal

Notre-Dame Basilica, Montreal

Notre-Dame Basilica, Montreal

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