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Old Posted Mar 25, 2016, 7:10 PM
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The Great Canadian churches thread

Just in time for Easter...

As the title says, this thread is dedicated to the churches of Canada. Show us the most beautiful exemples of your city.

Église Notre-Dame-des-Sept-Douleurs (Verdun, Montréal)
Build in 1910/14.


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Église Saint-Irénée (Saint-Henri/Petite-Bourgogne, Montréal)
Year build: 1912



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Mary, Queen of the World Cathedral
Year build: 1890/94



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Basilique Saint-Patrick (Montréal)
Build in 1847.



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Église du Gesù (Quartier des Spectacles, Montréal)
Build in 1865



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Chapelle Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours (Vieux-Montréal, Montréal)
Build in 1773



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Chapelle Notre-Dame-de-Lourdes (Quartier Latin, Montréal)
Build in 1881



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Église Saint-Pierre-Apôtre (Gay Village, Montréal)
Build in 1853



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Église Sacré-Coeur-de-Jésus (Gay Village, Montréal)
Build in 1887



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Église Nativité-de-la-Sainte-Vierge (Hochelaga, Montréal)
Build in 1906 (spire) / 1921 - Height of spire: 80 meters



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Église Très-Saint-Nom-de-Jésus (Maisonneuve, Montréal)
Build in 1906.



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Église Saint-Pierre-Claver (Plateau Mont-Royal)
Build in 1917



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Chapelle Sanctuaire du Saint-Sacrement (Plateau Mont-Royal, Montréal)
Build in 1894



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Église Saint-Jean-Baptiste (Plateau Mont-Royal, Montréal)
Build in 1914



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Église Saint-Enfant-Jésus du Mile-End (Mile-End, Montréal)
Build in 1858



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Église Saint-Viateur d’Outremont (Outremont, Montréal)
Build in 1911



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Église Saint Michael’s and Saint Anthony’s Catholic Community (Mile-End, Montréal)
Build in 1915


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Église Saint-Édouard (Petite-Patrie, Montréal)
Build in 1901/1909 - Spire height 60 meters



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Église Très-Saint-Rédempteur (Hochelaga, Montréal)
Build in 1929


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Église Saint-Charles (Pointe St-Charles, Montréal)
Build in 1899



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Église Saint-Paul (Ville-Émard, Montréal)
Build in 1911



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Église Saint-Denis (Le Plateau, Montréal)
Build in 1913



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Église Visitation-de-la-Bienheureuse-Vierge-Marie (Ahuntsic, Montréal)
Build in 1749 (spires completed between 1850 and 1870)



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Gorgeous, Martin.

I happened to take a few of the churches this afternoon.

St. Patrick's Roman Catholic Church (centre); Wesley Methodist Church (left):

March 25, 2016 by R C, on Flickr

Same, reversed:

St. Patrick's Church by R C, on Flickr

Cochrane Street United Church:

March 25, 2016 by R C, on Flickr

The Chapel (red roof, off-centre):

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The Roman Catholic Basilica of St. John the Baptist (top); The Anglican Cathedral of St. John the Baptist (centre):

March 25, 2016 by R C, on Flickr

Anglican Cathedral of St. John the Baptist:

Interior Anglican Cathedral St John's NFLD by millersphoto, on Flickr





Just the Basilica:



Interior of Basilica Cathedral of St. John The Baptist (St. John's, Newfoundland. 2012) by Gustavo Thomas, on Flickr

My family.



Gower Street United Church (left); The Chapel (centre), Anglican Cathedral of St. John the Baptist (right):

March 25, 2016 by R C, on Flickr

Gower Street United:

Gower Street United Church by Destro Tull, on Flickr
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Old Posted Mar 25, 2016, 7:31 PM
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What an unbelievable collection in Montreal.
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^An insane building. The height of a 40 storey residential tower. The interior, which wasn't finished until the 60's has this funky modernist / art deco feel.

That church really ought to be a lanmark known across the country, our CN tower, but instead it is hidden on the northern slope of the hill, on the blue line where non-locals seldom venture.
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I'll never forget accidentally discovering it several year ago. My wife and I were driving around one evening in Westmount, lost but enjoying being lost, when we pulled up to this spot:

https://www.google.ca/maps/@45.49118...7i13312!8i6656

Not knowing where we were, it seemed like some kind of lookout, so we got out to have a look. We turned the corner and still didn't know what it was we'd encountered, but a door was open, so we went in. And while that was quite something, it was only when we went out the front doors that we understood the magnitude of what we'd stumbled across.

Serendipity. I've always sworn by it.
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What would qualify as "my" local church (a stone's throw from our Lévis duplex) is this one, definitely nothing too special for the Quebec City area considering there are 1600s churches out there.

It's the St-Joseph church. This current building is from 1830. Interesting historical tidbit, the previous version of the St-Joseph church on the same site is where Gen. Wolfe's body was stored in 1759 before it could be brought back to England for burial. The English were based on the south shore for the battle and the St-Joseph church was some kind of field hospital/HQ for them.




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There isn't going to be a whole lot of competition with Montreal in this department.

It would be possible to do a fairly big series for Halifax too. There are a lot of landmark churches. The best-known ones in the city are St. Paul's, because of its age (1750, oldest Anglican church in Canada), and St. Mary's Basilica, because they're prominently located. St. George's is just as significant, but less well-known. It's on Brunswick Street in the North End. Construction started in 1800, when Prince Edward was stationed in Halifax. He was involved in the construction of a number of "round" buildings in the city, like the town clock and the Prince of Wales (Martello) tower. The Martello tower design was used throughout North America in the early 1800's.


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There isn't going to be a whole lot of competition with Montreal in this department.
The OP is actually only a tiny sample that's missing untold numbers of nice churches.

Just off the top of my head, here are at least three "prominent" downtown ones that he's missed: St. James', Notre-Dame, Christ Church.





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^An insane building. The height of a 40 storey residential tower. The interior, which wasn't finished until the 60's has this funky modernist / art deco feel.

That church really ought to be a lanmark known across the country, our CN tower, but instead it is hidden on the northern slope of the hill, on the blue line where non-locals seldom venture.
And not exactly a short walk from the Metro.

Back when I was a kid in the 70s one of the local urban development stories was how the construction of the nearby Rockhill apartment towers might have violated a bylaw that prohibited obscuring the Oratory, and there was a call to have them demolished. Never happened, of course.

As a Catholic kid who was having misgivings about organized religion the Oratory gave me the creeps. I haven't been inside it since childhood but I remember a wall of crutches that were no longer needed, a testament to the miracles of brother Andre.
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As a Catholic kid who was having misgivings about organized religion the Oratory gave me the creeps.
I think it's easier to wander in and appreciate the architecture when you're not Catholic, as you're at a remove. I enjoy browsing around big old churches and cathedrals in South America and Europe, and the masses themselves seem so impersonal and institutional that they don't bother me if I happen upon a service in progress (respectively looking on from the back).

It's those smaller, more intimate proceedings in the Protestant tradition that give me the willies...
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I think it's easier to wander in and appreciate the architecture when you're not Catholic, as you're at a remove. I enjoy browsing around big old churches and cathedrals in South America and Europe, and the masses themselves seem so impersonal and institutional that they don't bother me if I happen upon a service in progress (respectively looking on from the back).

It's those smaller, more intimate proceedings in the Protestant tradition that give me the willies...
And when you're older. I lived near the Oratory for several years in my 20s, I could have walked in then or now and maybe I wouldn't see it the same way.


As for those smaller congregations... both my nephew and niece have married into them. I found myself longing for the larger, more anonymous venues.
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None of these can match legends already posted.

Baptized here - now the Loyola Chapel




First communion here - St Ignatius of Loyola



Married here - St. Germain d'Outremont

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At some point the 20s, when Montreal already had a trillion churches, somebody went "lets build a trillion more!". And they did.
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I got married here.
Recently? I know it's non-denominational now, maybe has been for decades, perhaps since shortly after they built the 1960s stacked orange segment thing where I had my first communion.

Apparently it started out as a Catholic Church for the college boys, and staff, but morphed into a parish church as the surrounding Catholic population grew and became wealthy enough to build its own church in the 60s.

I attended a Unitarian wedding there in the mid -late 90s.
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At some point the 20s, when Montreal already had a trillion churches, somebody went "lets build a trillion more!". And they did.
Was it Mark Twain who described Montreal as a city where one couldn't throw a brick without hitting a church window?

How things have changed, reversed.

And now some of them are condos. Didn't that start in the 80s?
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Was it Mark Twain who described Montreal as a city where one couldn't throw a brick without hitting a church window?

How things have changed, reversed.

And now some of them are condos. Didn't that start in the 80s?
I was gonna post that quote from Twain but I couldn't remember how it went.

I though church condos were a more recent thing.
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