Most of Montreal's historical sites can be found in her cathedrals and museums dedicated to religious artifacts. Religious institutions figure prominently in Montreal's history as so they are well represented in this list. There are a few traces of early French settlements including the Order of Saint-Sulpice Seminary built in 1685, and the residence of the Governor of Montréal Claude de Ramezay, Château Ramezay, built in 1705. Most of the remaining historical sites still in existence date from the 19th century, as the area's wealthy residents have made way for stores, warehouses and office buildings. For a long time downtown Montréal was confined to the area around Notre-Dame and St-Jacques streets. Cobblestones can still be found in Old Montreal streets and newer buildings have kept some of the old facades all add to the charm of the neighborhood. Historic grain elevators and other light industrial buildings along with the clock tower can be found in the Old Port area - best explored by bike or on foot along the Lachine Canal. Sightseeing by boat is a popular option here too as all of the guides will offer commentary about Montreal's historical waterfront and architecture as well as make recommendations for further explorations.
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