Basilique Cathédrale Marie-Reine-du-Monde et Saint-Jacques-le-Majeur
1085 rue de la Cathedral Street
This cathedral presents straight lines and I was surprised to learn that the first stone was laid down in 1870. It is a dominant religious place with an eye-catching 13 statues sitting on top. The architecture was inspired by the beautiful Saint-Pierre-de-Rome Basilica.
It ranks third in size in the province after the Saint Joseph Oratory and Sainte Anne de Beaupre Basilica (near Quebec).
The interior is quite nice, I have seen many churches and I took the time to take pictures. It has a charm and special features that deserves to be recognized among the top in Montreal. The dome, the twisted columns, paintings and knowing that it is a place that a bishop of Montreal rests in the crypt of this church takes it to another sensation.
It was quiet during our visit and the admission is free.
In front, you can find a monument to Ignace Bourget (1903). Second bishop of Montreal who decided, after the original church fire, to build a reduced scale version of the Roman Basilica. It seems that the church did not carry its current name originally but was renamed in 1955 to its current designation.
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