RUE ST PAUL

(Saint-Paul Street)

Montreal

Status: Historic Haunted Street

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History

This is the first and oldest street in Montreal. It was originally a path the traveled alongside the wall of the fort build here previous to the first settlement.

For many years as Montreal grew this street was it’s main throughfare. It was originally paved with cobblestones – as most of it still is – in 1675.

Many of Old Montreal’s historical landmarks line this street including Bonsecours Market the city’s first public market.

In 2008 Montreal made plans to pedestrianize the street but the merchants quickly put an end to that plan.

 

Paranormal Activity

The 2 famous ghosts of Rue St Paul are that of Vallier and Marie-Joseph Angelique. Both were tortured mercilessly by the same man and both may have been innocent.

Vallier was accused of a crime – the nature of which has been lost to history – in 1732 that he most likely did not commit. He was tortured in order to gain a confession but escaped by wrapping the chains holding him around his neck and hanging himself.

The apparition of Vallier walks the cobblestones of Rue St Paul for eternity and is still frequently seen even today.

Marie-Joseph was an African slave accused of setting fire to her master’s estate when she found out she was to be sold. Unfortunately for her, the fire spread and burned down a number of other estates. Although she did confess to the crime under torture, she could have just as easily been innocent as guilty.

Once she confessed, she was forced to walk Rue St Paul with a sign around her neck reading “pyromane” – arsonist in French. She was then hung to death and burned; her ashes her scattered on Rue St Paul.

Marie-Joseph is seen in ragged white dress with the sign still hanging around her neck. She is said to be eternally seeking revenge for what was done to her.

The apparition of a full horse drawn carriage is also seen on the street; legend says it brings lost spirits to hereafter.