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Notre-Dame-de-Bonsecours Chapel (Chapelle Notre-Dame-de-Bonsecours)

Address: 400 St-Paul St. E. | (Near St-Denis), Montreal, Quebec H2Y 1H4, Canada (Ville-Marie)
Phone Number: 514-282-8670, 514-845-9991
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Ranked #8 of 199 Attractions in Montreal
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites, Museums, Cultural
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Owner description: Called the Sailors' Church because of the wooden ship models that hang from its ceiling, this church was originally designed by Marguerite Bougeoys, one of Montreal's first teachers.

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North Truro, Massachusetts
17 reviews 17 reviews
11 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014 NEW

Right, the chapel's real name is Notre-Dame de Bonsecours—Our Lady of Good Help—but this is the place Leonard Cohen wrote about in his song SUZANNE: "And the sun pours down like honey on our Lady of the Harbor..." And if you *are* there on a sunny day, the view from the top is absolutely outstanding. But everything about this place... More

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Indianapolis, IN
19 reviews 19 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014 NEW

Words simply cannot capture the beauty contained in Notre Dame. A small fee for admission, but completely worth it. Please remember to consider mass times and weddings when planning visits as you will not want to miss it.

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Moosehead, Maine
18 reviews 18 reviews
7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

Too beautiful for words!!! Walkable from our Fairmont Queen Elizabeth Hotel as are so many wonderful places to visit while in Montreal.

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211 helpful votes 211 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

The church is not far from the Marche Bonsecours and worth taking the time to visit. It is not as grand as the Basilique Notre Dame down the road, but is beautiful nonetheless. The church pays homage to the seafarers of old with the boat lighting throughout the church. It has a long and interesting history.

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Pune, India
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

The basilica is very nice and one can spend a few hours there admiring the paintings and the history but thats it.

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Delta, Canada
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21 reviews 21 reviews
8 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

Well worth the visit to see the beauty and architecture and to learn some of the history of the Chapel.

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Montreal, Canada
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116 reviews 116 reviews
48 attraction reviews
109 helpful votes 109 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

While nearby Notre Dame basilica gets all the attention and crowds, this small chapel, one of earliest churches to still be functioning, is the one with all the history. A visit to this place doesn't take long, just a few steps from Marche Bonsecours. It is a nice quiet breather from the tourist crowds outside.

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Winchester, Virginia
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

Not just the church, but the surroundings are fantastic. Awesome place to walk and people watch. The cathedral itself is beautiful and the artwork fantastic. Try to get a walking tour. There is much about this that you can only hear about on the tour.

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Seattle, Washington, United States
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

An old-world style cathedral with a first rate organ and chorus. Hit High Mass on Sundays at 11 am for the full treatment. Atop Vieux Montreal, it makes a great focal point for a day exploring. Arrive near noon to be greeted by a 5 minute long carillon concert.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

The Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours Chapel (“Our Lady of Good Help”), one of the oldest churches in Montreal, was built in 1771 over the ruins of an earlier chapel. Part of the church complex is the Marguerite Bourgeoys Museum. This chapel is often called the sailors' church. To learn about church history in Montreal, this church should be visited. Photography is permitted in... More

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