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“Ornate interior worth seeing”

Sanctuaire Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupre
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Half-Day Trip to Montmorency Falls and Ste-Anne-de-Beaupré from Quebec
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Owner description: The earliest buildings of this famous Catholic landmark were constructed in the 17th century.
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“Ornate interior worth seeing”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 28, 2010

A short distance from Quebec is the very large Sainte Anne de Beaupre Basilica. We purchased our lunch items from a local grocery and had a picnic at the basilica grounds. The basilica is much larger than I expected. We toured the interior on our own. The interior is breathtaking ornate with the usual arches, columns and extremely high ceilings seen in many large churches. The downstairs chapel and memorial are also worth a visit. Well worth the stopover.

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“spiritually and culturally rich experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 17, 2010

My husband and I made a daytrip out of seeing the Parc de la Chute-Montmorency, then continuing on to this Basilica. On the way between the two I recommend 2 stops- 1. Ferme Le Comte de Roussy (on Rte 360, running parallel to Rte 138) 6167, avenue Royale L'Ange-Gardien, Côte-de-Beaupré. We had the most mouthwatering piece of strawberry rhubard pie here while sitting on a porch, overlooking the St Lawrence and a small orchard w/ goats. 2. Fromagerie- Fromage En Grains which is on the right along rte 38 just before you reach the Basilica.

What we loved about St Anne's: 1. Outdoor, bronze, life sized stations of the cross 2. The “Scala Santa” or “Holy Stairs” is a replica of the staircase that Jesus climbed to gain access to the Pretorium of Pontius Pilate which you climb on your knees, saying a brief prayer at each step. 3. the audio tour (cheap and very informative- best if you have your own headphones/earbuds; $3 for students, which we shared by putting both our sets of ear buds in, $5 for adults $10 for families) 4. Blessings/Benediction Booth- we received a very geniune blessing from the priest inside this glassed-in building which sits behind the basilica.

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“Uncomfortably commercialised”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 15, 2009

Oh dear....you can pay for a bottle of miracle water or buy an empty bottle and fill it from the tap, but even the Catholics amongst us were a bit queezy about the whole shenanigans. After buying the bottle, you can look at all the canes etc in the church...apparently thrown away after the miracles occurred. (None during our visit, although there were a few hopefuls praying with their walkers) Then into the Benediction production line outside. The building is beautiful and makes a great photo, but none of the magestic serene spiritual feeling of Notre Dame in Paris.....and it doesn't help to have the massive Jerusalem Cyclorama (whaaat???) building next door and MacDonalds.
I'm recommending it though...for the photo op and for the shudder.

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“Impressive albeit somewhat corny”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 2, 2008

It is somewhat difficult for an atheist like me to write a review of something like this without violating TridAdvisor's TOS terms. But if you are devout on the one hand or can get over people praying for miracle cures on the other , the place is impressive. The basilica is the size of a large cathedral and is done in a mixture of romanesque (for the arches and windows) and gothic (for the shape and proportions) styles. The side chapels and statuary are especially splendid. The complex includes the lovely original church (partly dating to 1676), the Santa Scala with its pilgrimage steps, a museum, a plaza with a rather weird fountain (think BVM on the half-shell), a museum, a way of the corss and of course a religious gift shop.

Surrounding area has several stores selling lots of souvenirs, some religious and some not. We could not but help be somewhat amused by the shop window sporting a large staute of the virgin standing next to a Visa card logo.

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“Beautiful Church, Don't Do It On a Tour”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 22, 2007

This wonderful church sits about 15-20 minutes outside the village of Quebec City -old Quebec area. We went on a tour and were disappointed because we just didn't have enough time there. The "Country Tour" left only 40 minutes to see it - not enough.

The church has been built/rebuilt 5 times and so it does not have the feel of a very old church, though it is ornate and very beautiful. They do have mass in English, just check the times. There is a crypt and another Chapel down below which are worth seeing.

The gift shop offers a ton of great items. You can even buy a little bottle and fill it with holy water. The museum has some very nice pieces in it and takes an hour by itself.

Also, you can take any item and have it blessed.

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