Rue Saint-Paul (Montreal)

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Saint Paul Street
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Saint Paul Street in Old Montreal
Native nameFrench: Rue Saint-Paul
Length2 km (1 mi)
West endMontfort Street
East endBerri Street
Rue Saint-Paul

Rue Saint-Paul (Saint Paul Street) is a street in the Old Montreal historic area of Montreal, Quebec.

The street was laid out by François Dollier de Casson, along the route of a path that had bordered a former fort.[1] Saint Paul is Montreal's oldest street and for many years served as its main thoroughfare.[2] Paved in 1672, it was named after Paul de Chomedey de Maisonneuve, founder of Montreal, who built a home for himself on it in 1650.[3]

The street is home to such landmarks as the Bonsecours Market and Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours Chapel.[4] Much of Saint Paul is still paved with cobblestones. Plans to pedestrianize the street in 2008 were dropped by the City of Montreal after complaints from merchants.


  1. ^ Goldman, Norman. "A Summer Walk into Montreal's Early Years under French Rule". Bootsn All Travel. Retrieved 2008-03-02.
  2. ^ "Rue Saint Paul". Planetware. Retrieved 2008-03-02.
  3. ^ "In the footsteps of Emilie". Sisters of Providence. Archived from the original on September 22, 2008. Retrieved 2008-03-02.
  4. ^ "Saint Paul Street, Democracy in Montreal". City of Montreal. Retrieved 2008-03-02.

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Coordinates: 45°30′19″N 73°33′14″W / 45.505339°N 73.553888°W / 45.505339; -73.553888