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Basilique-Cathedrale de Saint Boniface

190, avenue de la Cathedrale 190, avenue de la Cathedrale, Winnipeg, Manitoba R2H 0H7, Canada (Central St. Boniface)
(204) 233-7304
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Ranked #28 of 112 Attractions in Winnipeg
Type: Cemeteries, Religious Sites
Traveler Description: Historic Cathedral ruins.  Built in 1905 and burnt in 1968.  The new Cathedral is built inside the ruins.  Historic Cemetery infront with many... more »
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Cambridge, Canada
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89 reviews 89 reviews
32 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014 NEW

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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142 attraction reviews
274 helpful votes 274 helpful votes
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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40 reviews 40 reviews
16 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
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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174 attraction reviews
133 helpful votes 133 helpful votes
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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118 reviews 118 reviews
66 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 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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56 reviews 56 reviews
25 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
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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Singapore
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57 reviews 57 reviews
28 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

Saw this place from across the river at the Forks and decided to walk over and have a look. Nice and beautiful place.

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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59 attraction reviews
196 helpful votes 196 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2013

Man, the negative reviews of this memorial Cathedral have totally missed the point. Saint Boniface has been the center and spiritual home for the French speaking and First Nation Manitobans for 200 years. The Cathedral has burned down twice and been rebuilt three times. The last time it was rebuilt, the community maintained the outer walls of the 1905 Cathedral... More

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Twin Cities, MN, USA
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49 reviews 49 reviews
35 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2013

This is a spectacular sight if you enjoy history and architecture. All that's left is the facade from the original cathedral, which is stunning (they've built on to the back end now). The grounds are filled with old gravemarkers from the 1800s, including the graves of Riel and Lagimodiere, prominent figures in the history of Manitoba. There is also a... More

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Winnipeg, Canada
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8 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2013

The graveyard and walls house historical pioneering men of Manitoba (Red River Settlement). The adjacent museum is a must see also. Come at noon and hear the peeling bells. There is nothing more impressive and historically impressive in Winnipeg than the Cathedral, Museum and College set here. Greatest view of the City skyline for tourists - a must!

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