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Notre-Dame-de-Quebec: Still Standing!

Basilique Cathédrale Notre-Dame was built in the same place the first chapel built by Champlain was located. Called Dame-de-la-Paix, this church was given the title of cathedral in 1674, and since that moment, a series of changes were made in the structure as well as the decoration. Later, in 1759, the building was damaged during the English Conquest. The church was reconstructed some years later, but that was not the only difficulty the church would face. Actually, the church that you can visit now is a construction that dates to 1923 when the church was rebuilt after a fire in 1922 that destroyed the original structure.

If you are in Quebec, Canada, you should not miss the opportunity to visit this church which is, besides, a declared historical monument. Just look at its history, it was ranked metropolitan church in 1884, minor basilica in 1874 and primatial church in 1956. What makes the cathedral even more appealing and important is the fact that Gaspard Chaussegros de Léry, Claude Baillif and other well known architects and artists participated in the reconstructions. For instance, after the fire, the interior was rebuilt following the design of François Baillairgé, especially the main altar, the Episcopal canopy and the baldaquin.

Come to Quebec and appreciate the beauties this church offers. The structure by itself is a real treasure, but it is not the only one. The cathedral has a bishop’s throne sculpted by Lauréat Vallière, a lamp given by Louis XIV and 3 Casavant organs. You will notice that the windows of stained glass represent the life of Virgin Mary and other Saints. Again, if you really enjoy art and history, just visit Quebec in Canada and get ready to visit one of the best attractions there: Basilique Cathédrale Notre-Dame-de-Quebec.

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