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The Church Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secour

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The Church Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secour is one of the oldest churches in Montreal. The temple is situated in the heart of Old Montreal on St Paul street (the nearest metro station Champ-de-Mars).

The Church was built in 1771 on the ruins of an old chapel, the construction of which was initiated by the founder of the female monastic order of Notre Dame (mother of God) Saint Margaret Bourgeois. The original stone chapel was almost completely destroyed in 1754 by a fire, miraculously survived, only the reliquary and stored in it a wooden statue of the virgin brought by Marguerite Bourgeois in 1673 from France. The Foundation of the burned chapel was discovered during archaeological investigations in 1996-97. He was then found and the remains of an ancient settlement of Indians, whose age is estimated by scientists around 2,400 years.

In the 19th century near the old port, the Church of Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secour became a favorite place for sailors coming to the temple to pray and ask the virgin of protection before a long journey, so it became common to call "seamen's Church".

The Church Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secour was built in the Norman Gothic style and is a very interesting architectural structure. The Central domed tower with a view of the harbour crowns bestowed in 1849 by the Bishop of Montreal, Bourget Ignat huge statue, referred to as the "star of the sea". Quite fascinating and the interior of the Church with its colourful Windows stained glass Windows, impressive mural paintings, sculptures, and soaring arches of the Church models of sailing ships.

There at the Church of Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secour and a small but interesting Museum of Marguerite Bourgeois, the exhibition, which introduces visitors to the story of the life of St. Margaret, as well as the early history of Montreal and, in fact, the Church Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secour. In the Museum collection presents a variety of religious relics, paintings, sculptures, books, archaeological objects found during the excavations of the original chapel and many more. You can also visit and the archaeological site. It is situated under the nave and you can get there through the crypt.

A lot of fun you will receive and climbed to the Church tower with a viewing platform which offers superb panoramic views of the Old port and the St. Lawrence river.