An excellent place to start your walking tour is at Place d’Armes. This main square in the heart of Old Montreal dates back to 1693. In the center is the Maisonneuve Monument. The ensemble of bronze sculptures was created by Louis-Philippe Hébert in 1895. Holding the flag is Paul de Chomedey, Sieur de Maisonneuve. In 1642, Maisonneuve established Fort Ville-Marie (City of Mary). The French fortress, settlement and missionary evolved into today’s Montreal.