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Chateau Frontenac in Quebec is the world's most photographed hotel

The Fairmont Le Château Frontenac in Quebec City, also known as the Frontenac Castle or the Chateau Frontenac, claims to be the most photographed hotel in the world, and there's a reason for it.

The hotel is over a century old and is situated in Old Quebec's upper town on a raised piece of land, which overlooks the Saint Lawrence River.

Its history and its aesthetic makes it a hotspot for professional and iPhone photographers alike.

The hotel's architecture and location really makes it look like it's out of a fairytale, which is probably why it's been used in a film or two over the years. In fact, Alfred Hitchcock filmed much of the movie I Confess at the hotel.

There's a lot of political history within the walls at the Château Frontenac too. The World War II Allies' met at the hotel during the First and Second Quebec Conference. 

Officials including American President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, and Canadian Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King were hosted at the hotel while they discussed strategy for the war. 

The hotel is such a fixture in Quebec City's cityscape that when repairs had to be done on the roof in 2011, an image of the roof was printed on safety netting and hung from scaffolding in order to hide the refurbishment work.

Lead photo by

@manucoveney ⁠


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