Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours Chapel

Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours Chapel

Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours Chapel
4.5
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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About
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 aænd significant objects to showcase the life and work of Margueærite Bourgeoys, Montreal'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 Montreal and downtown. The archaeological site, opened in 1998, has witnessed more than 2,400 years of history. In addition to its new permanent exhibition opened in 2020, the Museum offers a variety of temporary exhibitions and cultural activities, along with school programs. A seasonal music festival is held every December, featuring free concerts with vocal ensembles.
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Neighbourhood: Ville-Marie
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  • Champ-de-Mars • 5 min walk
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  • Dave C
    Illinois1,548 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    250 year-old church
    Well built historical church that was built in 1771 and been excellently preserved. An easy visit for tourists in the area. The Site Marguerite Bourgeoys is a fun museum to visit in the same building as the chapel. It contains many historical artifacts and a nice view of downtown from the tower.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written June 24, 2023
  • Frank C
    Sarasota, Florida439 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Best little secret
    Right next door to our Hotel in Downtown area. Easy walk access. Has History, also, like Notre Dame. Spend time, light a few candles. Many historic paintings and unique Architecture inside. Not busy at all. Great place to visit , no fee.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 19, 2023
  • PavlaPavla
    Chrudim, Czech Republic6,560 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Ships as thanks from sailors
    In this church, there were the models of ships hanging to the ceiling. I've never seen anything like this before. They are said the ships have been placed here by sailors and their families as thanks for safe return from the sea. There were also large glass chandeliers, beautiful stained glass windows and painted ceiling in this church. The church was connected to a museum and a gift shop.
    Visited July 2023
    Written August 3, 2023
  • LostInTime
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania11,844 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Old church
    This is the oldest church in the city. It’s near the docks. The roof looks copper or some other form of metal. Signs say it was founded in the 1770s. It’s cool that’s it’s around. The detail is very nice and it’s well maintained.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written August 12, 2023
  • PghSue
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    What an unexpected treasure!
    Unexpected find on a rainy day. So much to see here and definitely worth the modest entry fee. Be sure to go all through the exhibits, from the archeological site down below, to the lookout tower at the top. We loved this!
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written October 21, 2023
  • cjyap
    Griswold, Connecticut825 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely Church with quirky decor.
    We stopped to visit this church while on a walking tour. The church is a lovely one, but what sets it apart are the boat/ships that hang from the ceiling, for this church is also known as the Sailor's Church. The original church burnt down and the only thing that survived was a virgin Mary icon, which is on display in the church. One should definitely stop by.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written November 4, 2023
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PookyCake
Victoria, Canada13,892 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours Chapel, also known as the “Sailors Church,” represented one of the last major stops on our day tour of Old Montreal. This wasn’t for lack of things to do; rather, the foot issue I’d been dealing with at the time was starting to become a bother and made it quite uncomfortable to amble about. As such, my time visiting this lovely church was marred by increasing pain, which obviously detracted from my overall enjoyment from what is a lovely – and somewhat quirky – house of worship.

In any event, the Sailors Church was built in 1771 on the foundations of an even older church (which, I think, makes it one of the oldest churches in Montreal). It was designed by Marguerite Bougeoys, one of Montreal’s first teachers. The design is at once opulent and practical: Opulent because of the ornate biblical scenes that decorate the ceiling concomitant with beautiful stained-glass windows; and practical because the church isn’t large and serves a clear and definite purpose. Yes, it’s no Notre Dame Basilica, but it carries its own unique charm and character.

Besides the ornate ceiling work and obvious religious symbolism found throughout the sanctuary, this church’s most defining characteristic has to be the wooden model ships that hang from the ceiling, giving Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours Chapel its alternate name (“Sailors Church”). “But,” you might ask, “why boats?” And that’s where this church’s connection to the Old Port and sea comes into play. Beginning in the 19th century, sailors arriving from the Old Port would make a pilgrimage to this church and make offerings to the Virgin Mary as thanks for her help in safe sea voyages. The model boats and the church’s nickname are meant to emphasize this unique connection with Montreal’s Old Port and St. Lawrence River. I think this is a really neat touch and adds something special to the church.

Marguerite Bougeoys Museum, which first opened in 1998, is also housed in the church; however, we did not visit it, nor did we visit the archeological site or lookout tower. Again, I blame the foot pain! That issue notwithstanding, we still enjoyed our visit to this church and highly recommend it to those exploring Old Montreal. It is much more than meets the eye!
Written November 29, 2023
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Dimitris L
Sydney, Australia45,568 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours Chapel is a beautiful church. There is some stunning glass work on the windows and little boats hang from the ceiling which also gives it the name of the sailors church. The site has a very long history going back to the 18th century and even earlier.

Written November 6, 2023
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cjyap
Griswold, CT825 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
We stopped to visit this church while on a walking tour. The church is a lovely one, but what sets it apart are the boat/ships that hang from the ceiling, for this church is also known as the Sailor's Church. The original church burnt down and the only thing that survived was a virgin Mary icon, which is on display in the church. One should definitely stop by.
Written November 4, 2023
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PghSue
Pittsburgh, PA4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Unexpected find on a rainy day. So much to see here and definitely worth the modest entry fee. Be sure to go all through the exhibits, from the archeological site down below, to the lookout tower at the top. We loved this!
Written October 21, 2023
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LostInTime
Pittsburgh, PA11,844 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
This is the oldest church in the city. It’s near the docks. The roof looks copper or some other form of metal. Signs say it was founded in the 1770s. It’s cool that’s it’s around. The detail is very nice and it’s well maintained.
Written August 12, 2023
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PavlaPavla
Chrudim, Czech Republic6,560 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
In this church, there were the models of ships hanging to the ceiling. I've never seen anything like this before. They are said the ships have been placed here by sailors and their families as thanks for safe return from the sea. There were also large glass chandeliers, beautiful stained glass windows and painted ceiling in this church. The church was connected to a museum and a gift shop.
Written August 3, 2023
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Frank C
Sarasota, FL439 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
Right next door to our Hotel in Downtown area. Easy walk access. Has History, also, like Notre Dame. Spend time, light a few candles. Many historic paintings and unique Architecture inside. Not busy at all. Great place to visit , no fee.
Written July 19, 2023
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Dave C
Illinois1,548 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Solo
Well built historical church that was built in 1771 and been excellently preserved. An easy visit for tourists in the area. The Site Marguerite Bourgeoys is a fun museum to visit in the same building as the chapel. It contains many historical artifacts and a nice view of downtown from the tower.
Written June 24, 2023
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Kurt W
New York City, NY229 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
We make a special point to visit this chapel each time we come to Montreal. We are especially intrigued with its history, the maritime connections and with the beautiful ship-shaped chandeliers that hang from the ceiling of the sanctuary.
Written February 28, 2023
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Film G
New England1,018 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
The chapel (oldest in Montreal) is nice, but not quite Wow. Helpful staff. Great windows. Useful signage.
Written February 16, 2023
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