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Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours Chapel, Montreal

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One of the city's oldest religious landmarks, Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours Chapel welcomed generations of sailors and settlers arriving at the port. The 18th-century stone church stands on the site of an earlier 17th-century chapel. In the 19th century, seafarers expressed their gratitude to Our Lady of Good Help by offering models of ships, hung in the interior of the chapel. Today, you can see the votive gifts in the adjacent museum, together with dolls made by nuns arranged to form 58 scenes from the life of St. Marguerite Bourgeoys--the patroness of the original chapel. Climb a narrow spiral staircase to get to the roof, which offers scenic views of the old town. For Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours Chapel and beyond, use our Montreal road trip app to get the most from your Montreal vacation.
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  • We visited the Notre Dame Bonsecours Chapel, also known as the Sailors’ Church, out of curiosity. Small ships were suspended from the ceiling of the church by sailors and their families as thanks... 
    We visited the Notre Dame Bonsecours Chapel, also known as the Sailors’ Church, out of curiosity. Small ships were suspended from the ceiling of the church by sailors and their families as thanks...  more »
  • Both exterior and interior are worth the visit. It gives a very "living" impression, the real feeling of a place that receives many people. 
    Both exterior and interior are worth the visit. It gives a very "living" impression, the real feeling of a place that receives many people.  more »
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  • At the peaceful moment of my trip, it was a practicing for the concert. I just stepped in at the right time to absorb the beautiful melody of the song. Church itself is Norman-Gothic style of Architecture, very attractive to me. Even the size of the building is considered small, but I feel the church is grand and so much of spiritual vibe and glory.
  • The oldest chapel in Montreal, with a beautiful golden statue above the front door and a smart museum inside. We got a nice introduction and has a bit if a wander through the main chapel. We didn't explore the museum, but were told it was well worth the little fee to get in. Cameras were allowed, but no flashes, which is totally understandable (flashes aren't great to use, anyways). It was interesting looking at the painted roof and the stained glass windows, all the boats hanging up high were cute, and the galleries around the edges did impress. There were good short descriptions of the features in the chapel at each of the stops, and as we were leaving the staff were getting candles ready for a more evening setup. This was also a good chapel to see from the outside - when we recognized it from further away it did impress again and again.

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