There were so many places I wanted to see in this wonderful city and my mission on this day was to explore Old Montreal. On my way I visited a 19th century Cathedral. As I opened the door to the Basilique-Cathedrale Marie-Reine-du-Monde, I could not believe my eyes. I was unexpectedly taken back by the beauty, the utter tranquility and smell of candles burning. I had to take a seat on one of the pews. I set my camera and iPhone down and sat in awe of the solitude of this sacred place. Tears began to roll down my cheek. I was spiritually and emotionally moved being caught up in the historic beauty of this place. I had seen pictures before and had always been fascinated with visiting this special place.
The Basilique-Cathedrale Marie-Reine-du-Monde is actually a smaller replica of St. Peters Basilica in Rome. The foundation was laid in 1870 and total restoration work was done between 1955 and 1960.
In 2002, the cathedral was recognized for its national historic and architectural significance by the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada.
Admission is free and a gift shop is located to the left of the entry room. Inside the cathedral you will find numerous historical paintings from the 19th century and a faithful reproduction of Gian Lorenzo Bernini’s famous Baldacchino from St. Peters in Italy. Most of the artwork was painted between 1907 and 1909 by Georges Delfosse, a local artist. The Great Organ of the Basilica was introduced in 1893 and is located upstairs above the entrance, behind the pews.
There are also several bishops buried in the Cathedral in a separate chapel located inside. Finished in 1933, it is the final resting place of the Archbishops and Bishops of Montreal. The walls and floor are made of Italian marble and in the center is Msgr Bourget’s tomb which was sculpted in Rome.
While in Montreal, have you visited the Basilique-Cathedrale Marie-Reine-du-Monde? If so, please share your experience. I would like to hear about it.
Happy Travels ~ Ruthie