Thursday, July 13, 2017

Quebec City Trip #30:Massive Cathedral in the Middle of Nowhere

In this blog about our trip to Old Quebec City, we had taken a bus tour northeast of the city to explore various places. The last place along the bus trip was a massive Cathedral in the middle of nowhere. There was a tiny little town center with about 6 shops, half of which were closed when we arrived, that were located next to the massive structure. The Cathedral is called Sainte Anne de Beaupre Basilica and we'll explain the highlights in this blog and provide a lot of pictures. 

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.

a very ornate ceiling
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.
Side view
the transcept
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.
the altar

Shroud of Turin repllica
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

religious statue
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)

copy of the Pieta
WHERE IS IT/CONTACT INFO: Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré Shrine, 10 018 Avenue Royale, Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré (QC), G0A 3C0 CANADA
T.: 418-827-3781. Email:
fountain outside

flower in tiles

butterfly in tiles

 NEXT: Meet Louis IVX in an Old Quebec Square

Gift/Memorial Suggestions

Several of our friends have lost loved ones (human and pets) and we found that one of the best ways to honor their memory is to give to an animal charity.
What better way to recognize a life of love, than by giving another life a chance for love?
We donate to many animal rescues, but because we volunteer with
DC Weimaraner Rescue and Coast-to-Coast Dachshund Rescue, those are our 2 favorites.
Consider giving the chance of life to a dog or cat.

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We're two married guys who enjoy the simple things in life, especially our dogs. We volunteer for dog rescues, enjoy splitting dinners, exercising, blogging, helping friends and neighbors, ghost investigations, coffee and tea, Tudor history, weather, superheroes, comic books, mystery novels, traveling, 70s and 80s music, classic country, piano, gardening, writing books on ghosts and spirits, architecture, keeping a clean house, cooking simply, and keeping in shape. You'll find tidbits of all of these things on this blog and more.

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!
Wondering what home project to do next