WHERE IS IT LOCATED? It's not far from the Saint Lawrence River in Quebec, Canada. Its located 19 miles or 30 kilometers east of Quebec City and it's huge!
FAMOUS FOR? It has been credited by the Catholic Church with many miracles of curing the sick and disabled. According to the basilica's website: People from all around the world come to visit the basilica. Pillars in the front entrance are covered in crutches from people who are said by the parishioners to have been miraculously cured and saved.
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|A look at the front outside|
WHO WAS SAINT ANNE? Well, it seems the church is still trying to figure that out!
St. Anne is believed, by the pious, to obtain miracles through her intercession. According to the basilica's website, though, "Historically speaking, we know very little about Saint Anne. The Bible says nothing about her, whereas other writings that circulated in the early Church speak about her at great length."
WHERE DID THE LAND COME FROM? On March 8, 1658, a man by the name of Etienne de Lessard donated two frontal acres from the West end of his property to the Catholic Church so that a chapel could be built. This chapel eventually became the site of the modern-day basilica. It was built for two reasons: to provide a place of worship for the new settlers in the area and to house a miraculous statue of St. Anne.
CREEPY PART- The statue of Saint Anne actually has bones from her forearms (which were removed from her corpse) that are encased in glass that visitors can see.
IT'S A MIRACLE - The first reported miracle at the site happened during the shrine’s construction. A man named Louis Guimond was hired to help build the shrine even though he suffered from rheumatism. After placing three stones upon the shrine’s foundation, Guimond was cured of all his ailments. This was followed by other testimonies of healed people and the shrine soon grew in popularity.
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BUILDING HISTORY & ARCHITECT: In 1876, the first basilica opened for worship. The former basilica was destroyed in a fire on March 29, 1922. The present-day basilica was built on the site of the prior church in 1926. Architects Maxime Roisin, Louis N. Audet and Joseph-Égilde-Césaire Daoust collaborated on the project from 1923-1931. After the end of the financial recession, the work on the interior resumed in 1937, and was finally completed in 1946
SIZE OF THE BUILDING: Total length : 105 meters (344 ft)
|Looking from front to the back of the church|
Face width : 48 meters (157 ft); Transept width : 61 meters (200 ft); Steeple height : 91 meters (299 ft)
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THE BASILICA'S WEBSITE: http://www.sanctuairesainteanne.org
WHERE IS IT/CONTACT INFO: Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré Shrine, 10 018 Avenue Royale, Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré (QC), G0A 3C0 CANADAT.: 418-827-3781. Email: email@example.com
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