Wherever possible, we like taking walking tours in the cities we visit. We had an excellent walk for more than two hours in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The tour concentrated on the history of the city -- which is rich indeed. The tour started at the Old St Paul's Anglican church. We had not previously heard of the great Halifax explosion of December 1917, that lay waste to the city. The church was not destroyed, but a piece of another building was lodged into a window frame and remains there even now.
|Old St Paul's Anglican church, start of the tour|
The square is at the very center of the old city. Looking up the hill to the Halifax Citadel.
|Looking to the Clocktower and citadel|
The City Hall is a lovely Victorian building. Constructed in stone, it also survived the explosion although every window was blown out. The clock is set to the time of the explosion (9:04:35 AM).
|The only cast iron building in Granville St|
|The "historic properties"|
|Local Halifax stone and sandstone|
|The first bank in Canada|
|The Public Works Department -- Art Deco meets Stalin|
|The Provincial Building. Provincial legislature meets here.|
|Those cubicles add absolutely nothing to this amazing chamber|
|A frieze of Cunard's clipper.|
|How is this for a seal in the floor?|
|The Catholic Cathedral. Unusually placed right in the downtown and constructed at a time of overt anti-Catholic feeling.|
Just last year, the City opened this interesting public library. We spent a couple of hours in the coffee shop on the top floor just relaxing after the walk.
|This artwork is done by a single artist.|
|Reading room on the fifth floor -- cantilevered out over the street.|