LE TOUR OLYMPIQUE
Le Tour Olympique is the highest leaning tower in the world that, built at a cost of 1.2 billion dollars, has become a landmark of Montreal, Canada’s second largest city.
A fast external lift travels to the top in just 90 seconds, a journey that is certainly not for the faint-hearted, but it is only from here that one can grasp the amazing vastness of the Olympic grounds which cover an area of six hectares.
The Olympia Stadium is reminiscent of a huge shell and is used as a multipurpose hall that can accommodate 80,000.
Located alongside the Olympia Tower, the Biodome is one of Montreal’s greatest attractions, its former cycle racing track having been turned into an environmental museum.
A highly humid Amazonian rain forest is one of the Biodome’s natural environments in which a large variety of exotic animals are well and truly at home. Crocodiles and capybaras, the world’s largest rodents, enjoy the tropical climate of this man-made biosphere and entire colonies of penguins are featured in the Arctic enclosure. Here, the fascination and diversity of nature is like a journey from the Equator to the North Pole.
Le Tour Olympique, the Olympia Hall and the Biodome are shining examples of how Olympic structures can be put to good use - with or without the Olympics!