Cathédrale Marie-Reine-du-Monde, Montreal

Cathédrale Marie-Reine-du-Monde, Montreal (must see)

Mary, Queen of the World Cathedral is the third largest and the most beautiful church in Montreal. It is said to be the scaled-down version of Saint Peter’s Basilica in Rome. Designed as its one-fourth scale model, the church definitely retains the grandeur and magnificence, along with a controversial and significant history.

It took almost 20 years to build this church and, after its completion in 1894, it was sanctified as St. James Cathedral. It was then rededicated to Mary, Queen of the World in 1955. The cathedral was declared a National Historic Site of Canada in 2006.

The marvelous interior closely resembles the interiors of St. Peter’s. Enter the church and the first thing you will notice is the high altar with a permanent canopy of state over it. You will also be impressed with the appealing exterior that features magnificent statues of 13 patron saints. The crucifix of the church, sculpted by Philippe Hébert, is the most notable piece of religious culture in Montreal.

The cathedral’s narthex and esplanade have undergone drastic changes in the past few years. It is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Montreal. Do not miss a visit to this Cathedral on your trip to the city. You will definitely be spellbound by its beauty and piety.

Why You Should Visit:
Peaceful and ornate, this Cathedral will make you feel as if you are in an old basilica in Europe.

Tip:
Don't forget to check the gift shop that has many unique gift and jewelry items.

Opening Hours:
Mon-Fri: 7am-6:15pm; Sat-Sun: 7:30am-6:15pm; Free admission
Sight description based on wikipedia

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Sight Name: Cathédrale Marie-Reine-du-Monde
Sight Location: Montreal, Canada
Sight Type: Religious
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