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Notre-Dame-de-Bonsecours Chapel

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Vieux-Montreal (Old Montreal)
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Address: 400 St-Paul St. E., Montreal, Quebec H2Y 1H4, Canada
Phone Number:
+1 514-282-8670
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

Called the Sailors' Church because of the wooden ship models that hang from...

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.

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Spring Stroll in Old Montreal

Easter Sunday stroll in Old Montreal and happen onto this chapel. Do not remember how log ago it had been since I last visited, but the architecture and the painted glass... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Montreal, Canada
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Montreal, Canada
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Easter Sunday stroll in Old Montreal and happen onto this chapel. Do not remember how log ago it had been since I last visited, but the architecture and the painted glass windows are breathe taking.

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NY state
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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Walk in, view the ships hanging from the ceiling, the beauty of the chapel, the opulant colors of the stained glass. IDon't miss it.

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Mexico City
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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

A must visit in Montreal. Besides its very nice basilica, there is a very interesting visit to the museum.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This little chapel is right near Bonsecours Marche. Admission is free, so stop in for a quick look! It's beautiful!

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Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a beautiful church with a particularly unique museum dedicated to the founder of the religious order that administers the church. The diorama illustrating the life and work of the founder is relatively unique that is not seen anywhere else. In addition, the view from the top of the church gives a nice glimpse of old and modern Montreal.

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Wilmington, Delaware
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Down the road from Notre Dame but worth the extra steps. It's a beautiful church with unique features. And, it's free...

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Reviewed 1 week ago

This gorgeous, nearly 200-year-old church is one of the finest I have ever visited. The lighting, structure, art, and ambience are superb. The tours are available in English and in French. We even enjoyed a free concert during our visit. Must see!

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This beautiful church on St. Paul St. in Old Montreal is unique because of the many ship models that hang from the ceiling. It is dedicated to the Sailors of the World that over the years arrived in Montreal Harbour. It is also a place of Pilgrimage. There is a legend about the statue of Our Lady on the front... More 

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Montreal, Canada
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A beautiful old chapel in the heart of Old Montreal, facing the old port. A great place to hear a concert or recital. Interesting history too -- it is one of the oldest churches in the city. Small but very pretty and tranquil.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Don't miss the upstairs view of the St. Lawrence from the outside walkway around the steeple top! Beautiful vista of all downtown Montreal

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Vieux-Montreal (Old Montreal)
The historic centre of Montreal, Vieux-Port is home to some of the city's most antiquated buildings and picturesque streets. Along the waters of the St. Lawrence River, the bank of Old Port features museums, festivals, food stalls, and outdoor athletics, a celebrated part of the city that explodes into fireworks displays on warm summer nights. At its centre, street performers and artists compete with sprawling restaurant terraces for space along Jacques-Cartier Square, while the cobbled streets of Rue St. Paul and Rue Notre-Dame offer a reprieve of quiet galleries and atmospheric wine bars. Horse-drawn carriages are not an uncommon part of traffic, and the narrows they traverse are lined with boutiques, crêperies, and poutine shops enshrined in buildings of stone and wooden lattices. Here you can evoke Montreal's past with a traditional cooking lesson or historical tour, then enjoy its artistic present with live music and theatre.
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