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“French Classic Architecture in Maine”

Musee Culturel du Mont-Carmel
Reviewed July 15, 2013

I drove to the Mont-Carmel Church in Lille, Maine. Built in 1909, this church is on the National Register of Historic places because it is the most intact and architecturally significant of the surviving historic wooden Catholic churches in Maine. The historic Acadian style of the church include its wooden structure, clapboard exterior, simple wooden moldings, and hand‑marbleized interior columns. The twin Baroque-style belfries of the church house two 7' archangels blowing trumpets sculpted in 1908 and face Canada in order to 'call' people in their homeland.

Today, Mont-Carmel is held by a non profit organization, which is restoring the church building as a museum and a performing arts center. It's worth the visit, though there is nothing else of interest in the area. Be sure to check their website for musical events. When I visited they held a concert of traditional Gregorian chant music which was very good.

Thank twilbur2
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Reviewed March 30, 2013

The old church is amazing. How such a small community could build such a huge church is beyond me. A resored exterior and mostly original interior. The two archangels sculptures are truly amazing...from a famous Quebec Sculpture artist. The president of the association is friendly and extremely knowledgeable, Don Cyr. He has, in the church, a number of fine artifacts of items that come from the valley. Don also has cultural events going on here. This place is a treasure for the valley.

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