Chapelle Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours, Montreal

Chapelle Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours, Montreal (must see)

Built in 1771, Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours is today regarded as a treasure in Montreal. It is the oldest surviving chapel in old Montreal and offers a peaceful ambiance for worshipers. This chapel sits on the ruins of an older church of 1950 that was burnt in fire during a war when Montreal was under French rule.

The decor of the chapel is simple and elegant. The hanging lamps shaped like sailing ships are very pretty and give the chapel a nautical flair in keeping with its reputation as a Sailors' Church. As you visit the chapel, climb up the spire and enjoy the spectacular views of Saint Lawrence River and Old Port.

Generations of staunch worshipers have contributed wholeheartedly to the renovation, restoration and decoration of this chapel. Recent restoration work revealed several frescoes that were hidden for centuries.

The chapel houses a museum dedicated to Marguerite Bourgeoys, the founder of the congregation of Notre-Dame. Under the chapel, you can find interesting archaeological excavations that give you an insight into the history of Montreal.

Why You Should Visit:
Definitely worth a peek inside to see the cool miniature boats hanging from the ceiling. The museum attached to the church is also well worth the time. Included is access to the tower with some of the best views of the harbor. You also have the opportunity to visit the archeological dig of the first church under the current church.

Tip:
Make sure you go around to the back of the church. This could be the only church you'll ever see where the view of the back of the church eclipses that of the front!

Opening Hours:
Tue-Sun: 11am-4pm
Jan 16 - Feb 28: closed
Sight description based on wikipedia

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Sight Name: Chapelle Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours
Sight Location: Montreal, Canada
Sight Type: Religious
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