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The Basilica of Sainte-Anne-de-beaupré

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The Basilica of Sainte-Anne-de-beaupré - Catholic Church in the small canadian town of Sainte-Anne-de-beaupré, located on the North shore of the St. Lawrence river about 30 km East of Quebec city. This is one of the most famous Catholic shrines of Canada and the second largest Church in Quebec after the Cathedral Mary Queen of the World (Montreal).

The land where today is the Basilica of Sainte-Anne-de-beaupré, once belonged to a man by the name of Etienne de Lessard, but in 1658 was given to them the gift of the Catholic Church. Here was built a small chapel, which became in a short time, home to the miraculous statue of St. Anne, in whose honor, in fact, was consecrated the temple. Legend has it that the first miracle occurred during the construction of the sanctuary, when one of the builders, who suffered from rheumatism, and running exclusively on crutches, somehow healed. It was only the first and one of the many episodes testifying to what is happening here healings and the glory of this wonderful place has quickly spread far beyond the region, thousands of people flocked to St. Anne's Shrine hoping for a miracle.

Every year the number of pilgrims wishing to visit the Church of St. Anne, grew rapidly, in connection with which it was repeatedly rebuilt and expanded. By 1876 had completed construction of the first Basilica, but in 1922 it was destroyed by severe fire. The building of the Basilica that we see today was built in 1926-1931, and the luxurious interior, famous for its magnificent stained glass Windows, mosaics, paintings, stone and wooden sculptures, was completed in 1946. Near the entrance to the Basilica you will see a special stand with crutches, canes and other similar items left behind by people healed here from their serious illnesses.

Over half a million people annually visit the Basilica of Sainte-Anne-de-beaupré, a special gathering of people here observed the day of Saint Anna - July 26.

Definitely worth a visit and the Museum of St. Anne, where you will be able to learn the history of the Basilica, to see with the history of St. Anne, and admire the magnificent collection of religious sculptures and paintings, the earliest of which date back to the 17th century.