Panorama: Rue du Cul-de-Sac

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Rue du Cul-de-Sac

While today the tiny Rue du Cul-de-Sac simply connects Rue Notre-Dame to Boulevard Champlain, it used to run alongside the first port of New France. This little street was the Port du Cul-de-Sac.

Between the St. Lawrence River and this street was the Chevalier House, built at the heart of the city’s trade district and at the crossroads of incoming and outgoing goods. For a long time, the place was such a hive of activity that the Leduc House, at the corner of Rue Notre-Dame and Rue du Cul-de-Sac, had a wall rounded in a cul-de-poule or “hen’s bottom” shape to make it easier for carts to turn the corner.

If you look up from here, you can see part of the fortifications of Québec nestled on the cliff.

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