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Nostra Madonna della Difesa

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Address: 6800 HENRI-JULIEN AVE, Montreal, Quebec H2S 2V4, Canada
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This church in Little Italy is decorated with controversial Fascist art and...

This church in Little Italy is decorated with controversial Fascist art and serves as one of the neighborhood's chief landmarks.

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A hidden gem in Montreal

It's a little disappointing to me that this church seems to have a reputation around Montreal as that "one with the Mussolini painting," because it is so much more than that. The... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 21 July 2013
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Martensville, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2013

It's a little disappointing to me that this church seems to have a reputation around Montreal as that "one with the Mussolini painting," because it is so much more than that. The architecture found here is something unique in Montreal and really is a beautiful example of a 1900s church. Perhaps to fully appreciate the church it pays to look... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 April 2006

This is a beautiful church and the argument over the Mussolini mural is just plain silly. It was painted well before the War and it commemorates one of Mussolini's few genuine achievements -- the settling of the "Roman problem" by signing a concordat with Pius IX (who incidentally, cordially despised Il Duce).

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Rosemont-La Petite-Patrie
Rosemont-La Petite-Patrie has one of Canada's most prominent Italian communities, with Little Italy concentrated along the convivial bends of Saint-Lawrence Boulevard. Known for its fantastic bars and authentic Italian fare, the domain includes the Jean-Talon Market, the largest public market in North America. Open year-round, sunny months see fruit and vegetable stalls set up outside the main chalet, while blustery weather draws crowds indoors to meat and cheese sellers, spices and truffles stalls, and for regional delicacies such as rare Charlevoix lamb. While the market dictates what's fresh for local restaurateurs, visitors can please more than their palates, taking in the Renaissance architecture and frescos of Madonna della Difesa, the picturesque Rue Saint-Rominique with its cheerful homes and splendid gardens, or the ornamented thoroughfare of Plaza Saint-Hubert.
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