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“Not to be confused with the Notre Dame basilica ”

Notre-Dame-de-Bonsecours Chapel
Ranked #11 of 408 things to do in Montreal
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
El Paso, Texas, United States
Level 3 Contributor
16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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“Not to be confused with the Notre Dame basilica ”
Reviewed 12 June 2014 via mobile

Beautiful view from the tower but otherwise a very creepy miniature doll display with a different scene for each part of Maugurite-Bouseouys life, two other kinda lame displays, and a kinda interesting archeological tour that lasts about twenty min. Definitely could've skipped.

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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36 reviews
8 attraction reviews
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“One of the great secrets of Montreal”
Reviewed 12 June 2014

Even before hearing the story of st marguerite bourgeoys and les filles du roi the young girls sent from France to marry the colonists and populate the territory there is something very special in this beautiful chapel. The lights are in the forms of ships and the interior is stunning. The tiny statue of the blessed Mary and the miracles associated with st marguerite make this a very special and holy place to visit. Not commercial like the basilica

Visited June 2014
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Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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“Beautiful church, cheesey video tour”
Reviewed 11 June 2014

We were so excited to see this church and when we learned there was a video tour in the evening, we decided to buy tickets and return the next day. The video presentation was so silly and very cheesey, however, it did give us a very good historical accounting of the founding of Montreal and the church. Afterwards, you get to see the magnificent cathedral in all its glory and it is truly amazing. I am not saying it is not worth it but temper your expectations for the video tour, because it is dated and the acting is so ridiculous.

Visited May 2014
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Curitiba, PR
Level 5 Contributor
61 reviews
27 attraction reviews
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“Nice barroque Chapel”
Reviewed 11 June 2014

Very nice. In the heart (almost) of Montreal old town. Very easy to reach through subway. When I was there there was a choir of children singing some gospels and classic music.

Visited June 2014
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Stoney Creek
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“Another generation of the world's finest tradesmen”
Reviewed 2 June 2014

celebrated their most diligent work inside this phenomenal shrine.
Marguerite-Bourgeoys Museum
Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours Chapel
"I prevailed on a few people to gather stone and M. de Maisonneuve had some wood cut for the framework and he helped them to drag it in from the woods. I used to ask several days' work for the chapel from those for whom I could do some work. They carted some sand and the masons offered to work there.

Visited April 2014
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