Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours Chapel, Montreal

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One of the city's oldest religious landmarks, Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours Chapel welcomed generations of sailors and settlers arriving at the port. The 18th-century stone church stands on the site of an earlier 17th-century chapel. In the 19th century, seafarers expressed their gratitude to Our Lady of Good Help by offering models of ships, hung in the interior of the chapel. Today, you can see the votive gifts in the adjacent museum, together with dolls made by nuns arranged to form 58 scenes from the life of St. Marguerite Bourgeoys--the patroness of the original chapel. Climb a narrow spiral staircase to get to the roof, which offers scenic views of the old town. For Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours Chapel and beyond, use our Montreal road trip app to get the most from your Montreal vacation.
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  • Full of interesting religious paintings about local historical events. Bonsecours Market is right next to it 
    Full of interesting religious paintings about local historical events. Bonsecours Market is right next to it  more »
  • So glad that we decided to see it! We even were lucky to attend a mass in English while we were there! Amazing history! Learned about St. Marguerite! Wonderful Jew from the bell tower as well! Good... 
    So glad that we decided to see it! We even were lucky to attend a mass in English while we were there! Amazing history! Learned about St. Marguerite! Wonderful Jew from the bell tower as well! Good...  more »
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  • The oldest chapel in Montreal, with a beautiful golden statue above the front door and a smart museum inside. We got a nice introduction and has a bit if a wander through the main chapel. We didn't explore the museum, but were told it was well worth the little fee to get in. Cameras were allowed, but no flashes, which is totally understandable (flashes aren't great to use, anyways). It was interesting looking at the painted roof and the stained glass windows, all the boats hanging up high were cute, and the galleries around the edges did impress. There were good short descriptions of the features in the chapel at each of the stops, and as we were leaving the staff were getting candles ready for a more evening setup. This was also a good chapel to see from the outside - when we recognized it from further away it did impress again and again.
  • Good history nuggets 👍 The view at the top of the building was worth paying the admission to go see. The chapel is pretty but it is a chatty area. The staff were extremely friendly. (My grumpy father would say too in your face)

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