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“Historic Old Montreal at its best”

Notre-Dame-de-Bonsecours Chapel
Ranked #11 of 412 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.
Devon
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224 reviews
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“Historic Old Montreal at its best”
Reviewed July 9, 2014

We visited as part of our Free Old Montreal walking tour. Lovely interior with fine stained glass panels and model ships hanging from the rafters.
Leonard Cohen’s song `Suzanne` describes his relationship with a woman who lived very near to this Chapel. The lyric `The sun pours down like honey, on our lady of the harbour` refers specifically to this chapel.

Visited June 2014
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Germantown, New York
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“Just beautiful”
Reviewed July 8, 2014

This chapel is just beautiful. It is more than just a chapel. It is larger and more beautiful than many churches.

Visited July 2014
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Montreal, Canada
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“A small church”
Reviewed July 7, 2014

A small church steeped in early New France history, I guess. However, the accompanying museum and the tour are pretty disappointing. It is only worth a minute's glance inside the church. Skip the tour and the museum.

Visited March 2014
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Victoria, Canada
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“Beautiful church”
Reviewed July 3, 2014

Amazing detail in the paint on every surface. You need to see this to believe it. Centrally located, and easy to find.

Visited June 2014
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Wilton, California
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“Differing pictures from this location”
Reviewed July 2, 2014

None of the pictures I saw showed the holy and huge statue of Ste Marguerite standing over the building. I didn't see any pictures of Ste Marguerite Bourgeoy's resting place (1629-1700). It's a wonderful light chapel with the delicate chandeliers hanging along with the tiny ships all around the sanctuary. I loved the connection of the chapel and the fishermen. Fine specimen, so glad to have seen it, prayed here.

Visited July 2014
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