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“Fantastic Cathedral and Bell Tour”

Cathedral of the Holy Trinity
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Guided Tour of Cathedral of Holy Trinity
Ranked #33 of 211 things to do in Quebec City
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: The Cathedral of the Holy Trinity is the first Anglican cathedral to be built outside the British Isles. Built between 1800 and 1804, the cathedral introduced to Canada the British Palladian style of architecture. While it was under construction, King George III commissioned the Royal Goldsmiths, Rundell and Bridge, to create an exceptional 10-piece silver Communion Service for the new Cathedral. The altar candlesticks, chalices and other elements are richly adorned, bearing the Arms of the King and of the Diocese of Quebec. This Communion Service is one of the finest examples of Georgian silver ever made. Truly a royal gift! Showcased in a permenent exhibit inside the Cathedral since 2014, it was awarded with the "Prize for Excellence" by the Québec Religious Heritage Council in November 2015. The Cathedral's bells date from 1830 and are the oldest change-ringing bells in Canada. They were made by the Whitechapel Bell Foundry in London, England, the same foundry that cast Big Ben, the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia, and the great bell "Jean-Baptiste" of Notre-Dame Basilica in Montreal. Nestled in the heart of Old Quebec, is the mother church of the Diocese of Quebec and has two parishes of Quebec Parish and the Parish of All Saints .
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“Fantastic Cathedral and Bell Tour”
Reviewed August 6, 2011

The Holy Trinity Cathedral is a gem amidst the compact, Catholic, stone city of Quebec. The exterior is all neoclassical balance and boldness. The interior is splendid: pragmatic woodwork, polychromatic stained glass, and white curved walls all peppered with historical highlights. This pocket of Britishness was the first Anglican Church outside the Isles.

But don't miss their bells. Sign up for the 10am or 1pm English Saturday tour the Friday before (paper signs before you reach the pews). This is the most complete and engrossing tour in town. Five centuries of change ringing history, music and mathematics are presented by Douglas Kitson. He renders the complicated process comprehensible and is thoroughly engaging. And it's free.

Visited August 2011
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“Pretty church”
Reviewed November 23, 2010

This is a pretty church worth a visit if you enjoy this sort of thing. I believe it was the first Anglican church set up outside of the British Isles. They have a gift shop and offers tours (though I don't think they are offered during the off season).

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“A true bell ringing treat at this nice old cathedral”
Reviewed October 5, 2009

Despite being in the midst of French and Catholic Quebec there is an Anglican Cathedral right in the middle of Quebec City. The church building is nice enough by itself but we discovered a special treat. While looking at some of the signs posted inside the building we learned that tours in both French and English were given where the bell cords were pulled that provides the neat sounds that can come from churches. This sounded like something fun and different and we were so glad to find it. The guide was a happy and informed man who was a bell ringer himself. He was fun and helped us all to understand just what creates the fun sounds that come from changing bells. Take this free tour and you won't be disappointed. On Sunday we stood outside the church to listen and we could better understand what was going on inside where the bell ringers were.

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“Great Cathedral”
Reviewed August 5, 2005

This is nice Anglican cathedral right in the heart of the old city next to the Basilica and across from the Hotel de Ville. From the outside it looks plain but inside it is like a museum with old pohotgraphs, plaques and writings commeratinhg churh patrons. The altar is nice and there is an organ in the back. During the summer there are shops open on the side of the cathedral for some shopping.

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