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Notre-Dame-de-Bonsecours Chapel

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Vieux-Montreal (Old Montreal)
As featured in One Day in Montreal and 1 other guide
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Address: 400 St-Paul St. E., Montreal, Quebec H2Y 1H4, Canada
Phone Number:
+1 514-282-8670
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

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. Next to the Chapel, the Marguerite Bourgeoys Museum ($) presents fascinating stories/accounts and significant objects to showcase the life and work of Marguerite Bourgeoys, Montréal'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 Montréal and downtown. The archaeological site, opened in 1998, has witnessed more than 2,400 years of history. In addition to its permanent exhibition spaces, the Museum offers a variety of temporary exhibitions and cultural activities, along with school programs.

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awe inspiring historical church

This is a very historical church and when you walk in you feel transported back to the days of Champlain. This section of Old Montreal is steeped in history with cobblestoned... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a very historical church and when you walk in you feel transported back to the days of Champlain. This section of Old Montreal is steeped in history with cobblestoned streets.

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Doesn't matter what denomination you are, this is a spiritual work of art. Staff inside are mostly friendly and knowledgable too, which helps give context to all of what's inside

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Amazingly intricate altar and backdrop. Feels old but in a great and historic way. English and French tours every 30 minutes along with the $5 entrance fee (which is the charge regardless if you do the tour or do it yourself).

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Burnaby, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A beautiful architecture and grand interior with the stained glass windows and beautiful altar. Well-worth the visit and a awe-inspiring experience.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We went to see the chapel as it is one of the original old chapels. Never dreamed there would be so much history here, and had never heard of the nun who stated this chapel. After the audio tour, we climbed the bell tower and we're swept away by the beautiful view of the Harbour, there was also an archeological... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The chapel is lovely, and if you visit the attached museum you can climb the tower which has a lovely view.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Located in Old Montreal, this is the oldest chapel standing and in use. Originally dedicated for the sailors traveling up and down the St Lawrence river. You can also tour the underground foundations...worth the look and history seeking.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016

A small beautiful church in Old Montreal. Definitely worth a look if you're wandering along St. Paul. The interior is lovely and ornate. I also recommend visiting the attached museum.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2016

Come here after the Basilica and continue to learn the history of Marguerite Bourgeoys and the Catholic heritage in Montreal. Chapel is free, museum charges ~$12.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2016

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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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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