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In the last 15 years, a num­ber of fresco paint­ings have popped up across Que­bec City, be­com­ing a real tourist at­trac­tion and a ma­jor com­po­nent of the city's ur­ban her­itage. The mu­rals, which de­pict the his­tory of the city and its in­hab­i­tants, were com­mis­sioned be­tween 1999 and 2008 to cel­e­brate 400 years of the city’s ex­is­tence. Although the pieces are fairly re­cent, they have none­the­less be­come part of the city's artis­tic and cul­tural her­itage.

La Fresque des Québé­cois was the first mu­ral to be com­pleted in 1999 and is lo­cated near Place Royale, on the wall of Soumande House on Notre-Dame Street. The 420 sq m mu­ral pays homage to the his­tory of Que­bec City by de­pict­ing a num­ber of its key fig­ures, such as Sa­muel de Cham­plain (the French ex­plorer and founder of Que­bec), Marie Gu­yart de l'In­car­na­tion, Lord Duf­ferin and Félix Le­clerc. It also features a num­ber of the city's most no­table ar­chi­tec­tural mon- uments such as Place Royale's his­toric homes, the stairs con­nect­ing up­per and lower town, the walls sur­round­ing Old Que­bec, and cul­tural el­e­ments such as the city's coat of arms and Bon­homme Car­naval. Fi­nally, the mu­ral cel­e­brates the var­i­ous cul­tural com­mu­ni­ties that were and are part of life in the cap­i­tal, namely Amerindi­ans, French and Bri­tish set­tlers and Irish im­mi­grants.

La Fresque du Pe­tit-Cham­plain is lo­cated at 102 Pe­tit-Cham­plain Street, at the western most tip of the his­toric lower town. The mu­ral, cre­ated in 2001, de­picts the ma­jor stages in the his­tory of Cap-Blanc, a work­ing-class port neigh­bour­hood in Que­bec. The mu­ral por­trays the fish­ing and sea trade ac­tiv­i­ties, the fas­ci­nat­ing sto­ries be­hind some of the city’s fa­mous char­ac­ters and a num­ber of ma­jor his­tor­i­cal events such as a dev­as­tat­ing fire in 1682, a military at­tack in 1759 and land­slides in 1889.

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