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This beautiful church, located in little Italy, was built almost entirely by Italian immigrants from the region of Molise in Italy. They built it to commemorate sighting of the madonna in la difesa, Casacalenda, Moilse. It's also special to me as I was baptized in...More
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...More
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...More
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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.