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Notre-Dame-de-Bonsecours Chapel
Ranked #12 of 394 things to do in Montreal
Certificate of Excellence
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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.
Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 14, 2012

A must-see. $5 pp admission (unless praying or attending a church service). Our private guide gave us a wonderful overview that we would not have understood without his input. The outline on the front steps and square show the location of the original church. Interior paintings reflect history of Montreal. Go on Sunday morning to hear the organ - services are in French.

Visited November 2012
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Boston, Massachusetts
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“great tour”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 13, 2012

the group tours are a very good deal. They cost next to nothing, and you get a lot of the history of the church

Visited October 2012
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Manchester, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 10, 2012

This church was gorgeous...we spent about 2 hours there just sitting down and looking at the inside...we almost got discouraged because they charge you to go inside but we went in. It is beautiful and I recommend you take the free tour (included with admission if you want to) because the history is very nice to hear. They have tours on different languages too. The back little chapel is a very pleasant surprise...

Visited July 2012
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lake wales
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15 attraction reviews
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“Intricate architectural details.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 7, 2012

Sometimes called the sailors church because it has a history associated with sailors and replicas of ships hang from the ceiling. The altar area reminds me of churches in Venice with the paintings behind the altar.

It's worth it to spend the extra to climb the tower. It has great views of the water front and across the St.Lawerence you can see the Biosphere and 'man' sculpture. The fee to the tower also gets you into the museum which displays objects found in the archaeological dig below the current church. It reveals a lot of the early history of the area.

Visited September 2012
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Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
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“Beautiful Church”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 5, 2012

This is beautiful church - fantastic woodwork, stained glass, altar and organ. It is only $5 to see the church.

Visited November 2012
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