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“Interesting history museum” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Notre-Dame-de-Bonsecours Chapel (Chapelle Notre-Dame-de-Bonsecours)

Notre-Dame-de-Bonsecours Chapel (Chapelle Notre-Dame-de-Bonsecours)
400 St-Paul St. E. | (Near St-Denis), Montreal, Quebec H2Y 1H4, Canada (Vieux-Montreal (Old Montreal))
514-282-8670, 514-845-9991
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Ranked #13 of 479 things to do in Montreal
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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.
Golden, Colorado
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“Interesting history museum”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2013

We were walking around with our baby just walking to see what we could see. We came across this chapel and decided to go in, because why not. I very much appreciated a museum about history from a female perspective, instead of the phallic-centric we normally learn. You learn both the history of this remarkable woman, and the history of the city. I'm not in great shape (I had a baby 3 months ago, and couldn't exercise for 4 months before that), but I easily made it to the top of the 69 steps to see the view. The breeze was very welcome after the heat. The lady at the desk was very nice too. We had our big stroller (like I said--a 3 month old who can't really sit up yet). She let us park it near her while we carried the baby in our carrier around the museum. I recommend it for anyone wanting to learn more about local history.

Visited June 2013
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“Simple and Surprising”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2013

I was shocked and delighted when I stepped into this chapel. The exterior is dramatic without being imposing as you approach from Rue Bonsecours. The inside can be described the same way. All of the decoration is painted and the trompe l'oeil on the surfaces makes flat plaster as detailed and textural as fine brocade -- other than that it is dead simple, and beautiful!

The attendant museum was very simple. If you are not into lives of saints, this might not be fore you. I was pleased to be introduced to St. Marguerite Bourgeoys. On a clear day the view from the top tower over the old port would be stunning (but a bit lackluster in the misty drizzle).

Visited June 2013
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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“Almost overwhelming.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2013

Grand, superb, artistic. the place overwhelms. The stained glass windows, the frescoes come together beautifully.

Visited May 2013
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“French masses only!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2013

If you want to see the notre dame church for free, attend the mass. I attended the 5pm saturday mass and funny how most of the people who attended could not u understand french! Nonetheless, i had a blessed experience

Visited May 2013
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“Very nice church”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2013

A small Paris version. Nice plaza and area of Montreal. The architecture is fantastic you need to visit it and walk around.

Visited May 2013
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