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- Published:August 13, 2012 2:54 pm
Montreal may not be the first city you look for in luxury travel reviews. This seemingly normal city actually sits atop another city, built entirely underground. While your perfect vacation may not be to spend time beneath the surface of the city, seriously consider the history and culture of Montreal’s own hidden city. You’ll find a remarkable history and culture alive and thriving beneath the streets of Montreal.
A Brief History Of Underground Montreal
Underground Montreal began as a shopping mall with the purpose of hiding an unsightly pit of railroad tracks from view. In 1966, the Montreal Metro was built to accommodate the World Expo in 1967. This sparked the creation of even more malls and tunnels being built underground. Through the years, the underground city grew, until it became what it is today. Currently, it’s an amazing 20 miles, covering about four million square meters. It links more than 2000 stores, several metro stations and bus terminals, more than 1,000 office buildings, more than 1,000 units of housing or apartments, and various other venues. There’s even movie theaters, hotels, a cathedral, and universities, all located underneath the streets of Montreal.