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Notre-Dame-de-Bonsecours Chapel (Chapelle Notre-Dame-de-Bonsecours)

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Address: 400 St-Paul St. E. | (Near St-Denis), Montreal, Quebec H2Y 1H4, Canada
Phone Number: +1 514-282-8670
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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.

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Oldest Church in Montreal

Beautiful old church. Not as large and ornate at the Cathedral, but very impressive. And there is no charge to enter and explore! A must see in old Montreal.

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Hamilton, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Beautiful old church. Not as large and ornate at the Cathedral, but very impressive. And there is no charge to enter and explore! A must see in old Montreal.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I love visiting churches, and this one does not disappoint. Yes, maybe it's a Silver Medal compared to the cathedral- but Silver medal is very impressive! The staff was very friendly. Don't just walk on by - walk on in and treat yourself to this artistic gem.

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Sydney, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I like this chapel much more than Notre Dames big flashy interior,this chapel has retired its peacefulness and is not just a money spinner.The history of the church is well documented and the tour below is interesting .I also did the tour of the school museum next door and you get to explore the building .Lots of steep narrow stairs... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Put this at the top of your must-do list. Spectacular stained glass windows. Architecture unbelievable. Try to go when there's a service, or if there's a special event.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I am not a church fan and I usually don't get inside but we decide to go for this one and I am glad we did. It's stunning! Looks like a Disney castle - unfortunately we didn't have more than 30 minutes to explore more but I was really impressed with everything we saw. I will definitely go back with... More 

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Vergennes, Vermont
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We spent two hours touring the church, the exhibits, the archeological subterranean area and climbing the tower. We learned so much about the histroy of Old Montreal.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

First, the chapel is simply beautiful, with a Murillo-inspired painting over the altar. The colors are light, and the space exudes calm. Second, the museum, not only explains how the chapel came to be, but details the life of an extraordinary 17th century adventurer who founded the church She was also a woman, a teacher, a nun, and is now... More 

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Wilmington, Vermont
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Rivals the cathedrals of Europe! Ornate, French, and stunningly beautiful art, statuary and architecture.

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Kitchener, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The oldest chapel in town and reminiscent of European churches. Not to be confused with Notre Dam Cathedral, this chapel is well worth visiting!

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

Not much to see but it's the oldest chapel in town. There were little boats hanging from the ceiling. But Notre Dame cathedral is better.

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Staying in Vieux-Montreal (Old 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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