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“Beautiful inside and out...”

Notre-Dame-de-Bonsecours Chapel
Ranked #11 of 416 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.
Reviewed January 10, 2013

It's well worth the admission price to go inside to see the amazing stain glass windows and carvings.

Thank mcfiddle
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Reviewed January 6, 2013

I was amazed by the peacefulness of this chapel. Not a sound .. nothing! The interior of the chapel also blows the mind with the beautiful paintings and stained glasses. Keep your eyes up to see the boats (this is the Sailors' Church), and look for the hearts at the front by the altar.

FYI - I found after I left the chapel that there is a podcast that you could listen to when you visit. If you are able to, download it. It would probably enhance what is already an amazing visit.

Thank SarahMLToronto
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Reviewed January 4, 2013

The interior of this church is intricately detailed in a way that's almost overwhelming, but still totally gorgeous. I always remember the intense blue lighting-- it's very unique. Although I've never taken a formal tour, I can recommend even stopping inside briefly for a quick look and a few minutes' quiet (not always available, since this can get crowded on a weekend afternoon).

Thank fenchurch128
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Reviewed December 31, 2012

...to all Leonard Cohen fans - the middle statue on the top is Our Lady of the Harbour , from Suzanne It is known locally as the Sailors Church The museum is great , and the belvedere has an excellent view over the Old Port and the St Lawrence The Marche Bonsecours is next door - lovely for a special gift from Montreal !

Thank flatworm
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Reviewed December 31, 2012

This is a charming little church and museum - tells about the life and times of Sister Marguerite and her work among the First Nations and peoples of Montreal. The best part is climbing to the top - you'll get a great view of the city, the ports, and the two copper (huge) angels on top. Don't forget to also visit the basement AND the church as well.

Thank SunnyPetunia
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