Thanks to the "Our Lady of the Harbour" statue atop its dome, made famous by poet-songwriter Leonard Cohen, this chapel is ... More
Thanks to the "Our Lady of the Harbour" statue atop its dome, made famous by poet-songwriter Leonard Cohen, this chapel is known as "The Sailor's Church." Inside are original Édouard Meloche (1886) frescoes on wooden slats, and you can look out over the Old Port from an observation tower. The chapel underwent extensive renovations as well as archaeological excavation. The new interpretation center includes artifacts pre-dating the arrival of the New France colonists in 1642.
If you enjoyed visiting the Notre-Dame Cathedral, then it is also worth walking to the opposite end of Vieux Montreal to see it's forerunner. Where the Cathedral seems dark and very ornate, the Chapel is quite different: bright, simple, and tremendously peaceful. If I had a parish church to choose from, this would be it!
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