Fairmont Le Château Frontenac

One could easily confuse Quebec City with a European town, and it wouldn’t be a mistake. The narrow streets of the historic downtown, the small stone houses in long blocks, mansard roofs with dormers and a baroque artillery citadel would easily situate this place in Burgundy, Bavaria or other region of Europe.

The most prominent building in the skyline of the city, both by size and appearance, is Fairmont Le Château Frontenac. Located upon the cliffs dominating the St. Lawrence River, this hotel takes one of the most dramatic and scenic positions in the city and Canada.

The building is a rare spectacle built to resemble the castles of late medieval Europe with carefully arranged elements and masses in irregular, asymmetric manner, mimicking the organic configuration that was characteristic for the architecture of that period. Planned around the inner court, with large circular and polygonal towers and turrets, steeped roofs, tall chimneys, machicolations, solid ashlar base and rustic masonry, it is a real castle, and could easily be another adventure of King Ludwig II, alongside the castles Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau.

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