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Basilique-Cathedrale de Saint 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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History and a view of the Forks

If you love Canadian history and great architecture this is the place for you. Wedding pictures, outdoor theatre, Loois Riel's Statue are all within your grasp at the Basilica... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 23, 2015
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Cancun
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51 reviews 51 reviews
16 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

If you love Canadian history and great architecture this is the place for you. Wedding pictures, outdoor theatre, Loois Riel's Statue are all within your grasp at the Basilica. Since the fire that burnt the original basilica, we have been left with the beautiful arch. This area has tremendous history to offer of the French who settled this part of... More 

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Des Moines, Iowa
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149 helpful votes 149 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

The cathedral apparently suffered a fire in the past. The solid ruins that remained they wisely left standing. Very interesting place to visit, and they have an excellent view of the river. The entrance is impressive as are some of the older tombs. Many of the city's important people were buried here.

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Winnipeg
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

It says a lot about the ugliness of Winnipeg that the most beautiful building in town is the shell of a Romanesque cathedral that burnt down in 1968. It also says a lot about the loss of faith in mid-century that the replacement cathedral hides in the shadow of its predecessor. Admire the view and tour the cemetery. Find Riel's... More 

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Winnipeg
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29 reviews 29 reviews
9 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

If you happen to be in Saint Boniface, make sure you go to the Cathedrale. It's a nice place to take picture and the architecture is really nice.

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East Lansing, Michigan
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85 reviews 85 reviews
20 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 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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94 attraction reviews
99 helpful votes 99 helpful votes
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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101 reviews 101 reviews
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63 helpful votes 63 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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115 reviews 115 reviews
39 attraction reviews
87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
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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354 helpful votes 354 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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