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Basilique-Cathedrale de Saint Boniface

Neighborhood: Central St. Boniface
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Address: 190, avenue de la Cathedrale 190, avenue de la Cathedrale, Winnipeg, Manitoba R2H 0H7, Canada
Phone Number: (204) 233-7304
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Respecting the old and the new

Interesting and surprising how the remnants of the old cathedral that was destroyed by fire could be used and incorporated in a very modern new cathedral. Startling to look... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed November 19, 2014
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East Lansing, Michigan
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85 reviews 85 reviews
20 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

Interesting and surprising how the remnants of the old cathedral that was destroyed by fire could be used and incorporated in a very modern new cathedral. Startling to look through the old front facade where one would expect to see a stained glass window and instead, see sky. While I enjoyed exploring the new Cathedral and sitting in contemplation, I... More 

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Norwich, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014 via mobile

Wherever we go, there are cathedrals. I don't look forward to them, but they usually surprise me. Happened again! The original burnt down in 1968, and the masonry still stands. And looks good. But the new cathedral, built within the old one, is welcoming, warm, light, user-friendly. I'm glad we spent 20 minutes there.

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Moreton-in-Marsh, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

I had read about the Cathedral before I went to visit, so knew that the front portion of the Cathedral was all that was left after the fire of 1968. As you walk through the old entrance towards the new church behind it, it seemed very fitting that they left the beautiful stonework in situ, as the replacement church behind... More 

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Coquitlam, Canada
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76 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

Only the façade left of what must have been a great cathedral before the interior got burned down, but it is indeed an impressive façade, tall and imposing with a carving of a bishop on top. Nearby, on the foregrounds of the Cathedral is the grave site of the Metis leader Louis Riel who was executed by the government for... More 

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Cambridge, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

The cathedral remains are spectacular. It's hard to imagine this structure being erected without major heavy equipment. The walkway up to the face of it provides a contemplative walk allowing during which to scan the cemetery that surrounds the grounds. There are many famous Canadians buried on the grounds and statuary to be photographed. The property is a place of... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

Just down right beautiful fascia and a complete disappointment with the rebuilt church on the back of it. The grounds surrounding it and the cemetery were beautiful. Its a must see but driving by will get it done as the new church lacks any real beauty to the old church facade.

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Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

Went originally to see the burial place of Louis Riel but was taken by the beautiful old facade of the basilica and the history behind how it was integrated into the existing church structure after the fire. Fascinating to walk through the cemetery and read all the old headstones and feel the history of the location. Lovely location right on... More 

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Louisville, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

Fascinating old Cathedral. First church was built in 1818 and six churches were built after that. The facade that you see today was part of the church built in 1905. It burned in 1968. The sixth church built in 1971 coexists with the historic walls of the burned church. There is a cemetery and a number of historical monuments on... More 

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Montreal, Canada
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76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

During our passage, only the outside visit was possible. The original facades were preserved what gives beautiful attraction. On the site, there is a cemetery where Louis Riel's remains are buried.. In brief, a place to be registered on your list of things to be visited in Winnipeg and neighborhood.

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Durham, North Carolina
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

If your into checking our churches this is a nice spot to walk to during a visit of the Forks. Just cross the very cool bridge and hang a right. Its worth the walk over and has some great photo opts. The model of the original church in the main entry area is very cool.

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