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“Beautiful Chapel”

Notre-Dame-de-Bonsecours Chapel
Ranked #11 of 404 things to do in Montreal
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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. Next to the Chapel, the Marguerite Bourgeoys Museum ($) presents fascinating stories/accounts and significant objects to showcase the life and work of Marguerite Bourgeoys, Montréal's first teacher. Visitors can explore the 18th-century stone crypt and climb the tower to admire a stunning view of the St. Lawrence, Old Montréal and downtown. The archaeological site, opened in 1998, has witnessed more than 2,400 years of history. In addition to its permanent exhibition spaces, the Museum offers a variety of temporary exhibitions and cultural activities, along with school programs.
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“Beautiful Chapel”
Reviewed June 24, 2012

This beautiful Chapelle Notre-Dame-de-Bonsecours is so close to popular Laurier Avenue West in the Old City (shops/restaurants) that it would be a shame to miss it if you are already in the area. We were lucky to be able to sit and enjoy an orchestral rehearsal as we gazed at the 1771 Chapelle that had been a special place of worship for sailors. Small carved replicas of wooden ships hang from the vault. Very special place. It's at 400 Saint Paul Street East at Bonsecours Street, (Metro Champ-de-Mars). From memory, entry was by donation. There also is a museum and again, don't miss it. Unfortunately I didn't realize the spire can be climbed which would great views of the Saint Lawrence River.

Visited June 2012
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Brisbane, Australia
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“Have to visit”
Reviewed June 24, 2012

Walking down St-Denis to the old Port and our B&B we found this church in front us. We went inside and just sat and looked and looked, really just beautiful and peaceful.

Visited June 2012
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Syracuse, New York
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Reviewed June 18, 2012

What a lovely old church in the gorgeus Old City! Located right next to Marche Bonsecours. Definitely convenient.

Visited June 2012
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Boston, Massachusetts
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Reviewed June 18, 2012

Went for mass. Of course it was all in French. The church is very ornate and full of works of art. They have a tour you can take but after an 1 1/2 service we didn't stay.

Visited June 2012
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Edmonton, Canada
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Reviewed June 18, 2012

If you are in Montreal, and don't visit this cathedral, then you have lost out!

Once you enter the main hall, (and you are lucky enough to find a mass) you will be mesmerized!
The entire hall is lit by natural light, and the sound is eerie! Anything you say will be magnified and the echos will go everywhere. Be VERY quite!!

The glass paintings are super intricate and the you need to go real close to check the details. The statues are very grand as well.

As you walk through, you will come across many other item, which makes this place almost a museum. But the grand hall is the best!

Don't miss this place, whatever you do!

Visited July 2011
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