Homage To Sovereign

Granite monument in Montreal's Dorchester Square park pays homage to former sovereign British Queen Victoria.

Granite monument in Montreal’s Dorchester Square park pays homage to our revered and beloved sovereign,
her majesty Queen Victoria, who once ruled the British Empire for 60 years.

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A granite monument in a Montreal park pays homage to our revered and beloved sovereign, her majesty Queen Victoria, who ruled the British Empire for 60 years.

A male African lion symbolizing British royalty tops this monument situated across Metcalfe street from the stately, huge, old Sun Life building in Dorchester Square park.

The location and size of this monument seems to have obscured it from the general public view because of several other monuments that populate this park.

After researching it I found this historical monument which as mentioned earlier consists of a huge lion statue, contains a water fountain pedestal at its base, is a replica of Frédéric Bartholdi’s Lion of Belfort. It was installed to commemorate Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee because she was Canada’s sovereign then.

Furthermore, the park originally once was a Catholic cemetery and most buried were moved to nearby Notre-Dame-des-Neiges Cemetery on Mount Royal however, some were left and are remembered by tiny crosses embedded in the walkways through this park.

When I last visited this park I noticed these small crosses and wondered what they were about considering that the province of Quebec has transmogrified into a secular state therefore, they seemed out-of-place, now it makes sense.

This is my contribution for WP single word prompt:”HOMAGE”

2 responses

  1. Always good to learn something new
    ..
    Nice one

    1. Thank you for your comment, I’m happy to pass on information that I
      found.

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