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Reviewed September 26, 2019

This is the oldest church in Canada and some iteration of a church has stood here since 1647. It is the very first Catholic official pilgrimage site. King XIV (Sun King) gave the church a chalice and an altar lamp to Bishop Laval (a college bears his name, among other recognition) and this valuable piece of history was placed on the National Historic Site of Canada registry in 1989.

Over the 350 past 350 years, the basilica was the victim of disasters and rebuilding efforts. The 1759 British siege of Quebec destroyed the church. In 1922, the Canadian KKK dealt the church a near-lethal blow, gutting the church by fire, destroying heritage of immeasurable value. Looking at it today, in all its beauty, it is hard to imagine those disastrous effects ever having taken place.

Up to 1900, it was the burial site for more than 900 people who lie under the cathedral. Since then, a crypt has been added.

A most impressive and significant piece is the baldachin or cimborium (canopy) supported by golden angels; it gives the main altar a minor semblance to St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City. The decorative gold and white interior highlights a view of the heavens (fresco or mural overhead) in all their blue-sky beauty.

This is a Neo-Classic beauty with 2 towers and 3 organs. Presently, one of the towers is under such an incredible amount of exterior construction that the church looks closed.

It is hard to ever know what has been lost to the ravages of time and fire but, in its present iteration, it still gives us all much to appreciate and admire. We are thankful for small gifts, like this lovely that we had a chance to visit. Those who brought it back to life, time and time again, are the heroes here.

Date of experience: September 2019
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Reviewed September 23, 2019

Short visit to take a few photos.
Impressive inside as expected.
But couldn't view upstairs and the outside was under restoration with scaffolding and boarding making it a bit of an eyesore

Date of experience: August 2019
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Reviewed September 22, 2019

If you have the time, stop by at this cathedral. It's a beautiful church, but it's a fairly quick visit. If you don't plan on staying for a sermon, probably 20 min at most. There isn't much to do here, but it's a beautiful place for pictures.

Date of experience: August 2019
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Reviewed September 22, 2019 via mobile

I tried to scan the app for self guided tour of the basilica, but, although I was able to download the app, I was not able to find the tour. So, I decided to pay $5 for the upstairs museum. (Make sure you buy your tickets at the gift shop first. ) Not worth it. There is an additional $5 to visit the crypt, which we passed on. It is best just to wander the beautiful basilica on your own.

Date of experience: September 2019
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Reviewed September 21, 2019 via mobile

We visited this cathedral in our own but it was also part of our Bury Your Dead, by Louise Penney, themed walking tour. Our guide Marie G gave us a lot of history and perspective while in the cathedral. I was especially amazed by the “Map of New France” as it was known during the time of Bishop Richard Lavalle who is buried below.

Date of experience: September 2019
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