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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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A different atmosphere

A historical and beautiful place to visit. Plenty of attraction around it as well. There is a fee to enter but it is worth it. There is a market close by, and it close to the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
Hameed K
Manama, Bahrain
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

The Chapel was closed when we walked by, I wanted to go inside but couldn't. However, I did like the outside and the picture I took.

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Manama, Bahrain
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

A historical and beautiful place to visit. Plenty of attraction around it as well. There is a fee to enter but it is worth it. There is a market close by, and it close to the port. Metro is around 200m away, so it is very convenient to reach

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

history of Montreal, immigrants hoping to build a freer city with wealth, self-help, and prayers

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Those with an interest in history won't miss this treasure we merely stumbled upon. The guide book referred to it as a Sailor's Chapel and our Scandinavian roots know about those places spread far an wide, so we were tickled by the ships hanging from the ceiling in the chapel, but our REVEAL happened when we paid admission to the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2016

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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2016

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 26 December 2016 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 21 December 2016

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 20 December 2016

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 18 December 2016

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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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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