Bank of Montreal was established in 1817, qualifying as Canada’s oldest financial institution. In 1847, their head office moved into this Neoclassical building facing Place d’Armes. Notice the high reliefs in the pediment. They were created by Sir John Steel. He is famous for many noteworthy sculptures in Edinburgh, Scotland. Today, BMO ranks fourth among the country’s Big Five banks. Technically, this remains their headquarters (although most functions moved to Toronto in 1977). Inside you will find a free museum about the Bank of Montreal’s history.