Place Royale - John Santoro Photography

Place Royale

This is Place Royal of the city of Québéc whose stones were first laid nearly 400 years ago in 1608. At the center of the original collection of portside buildings is Notre Dame des Victoires (Our Lady Of Victories) which was constructed shortly after the founding of the city.

Originally dedicated to l'Enfant Jésus, it received the name Notre-Dame-de-la-Victoire following the Battle of Quebec of 1690, in which an English invasion expedition was forced to retreat. In 1711, its name was changed again, to Notre-Dame-des-Victoires, after bad weather had sunk another British fleet on it's way to attack the town.

I made this panorama late on a weekday evening when the foot traffic had died and all that was left was to feel the ghosts of French settlers who fled France for North America and a new beginning. Did you ever wonder what you would have done for a living back then?




John Santoro
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