Downtown (Centre-ville) is the central business district of Montreal, and home to its largest concentration of museums, art galleries and shopping, and to the Mont-Royal Park and Montreal's Chinatown.
The downtown sits on the southernmost slope of Mount Royal, and houses many corporate headquarters and a large majority of the city's skyscrapers. Buildings, by law, cannot be greater in height than Mount Royal in order to preserve the aesthetic predominance and intimidation factor of the mountain. The two tallest are the 1000 de La Gauchetière and 1250 René-Lévesque, both of which were built in 1992. The Tour de la Bourse is also a significant high-rise and is home to the Montreal Exchange, which trades in derivatives. The Montreal Exchange was the first stock exchange in Canada. In 1999, all stock trades were transferred to Toronto in exchange for an exclusivity in the derivative trading market.
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