Old Photographs of Churches in Montréal and Québec (Gallery)

Churches are beautiful buildings, but black and white and sepia images from the 1800s and early 1900s look like they belong in the opening credits of an American Horror Story season.

19th Century-Church of Acadia
19th Century-Church of Acadia

While it’s neat to see the church styles and designs over the centuries nothing compares to seeing them in person. Especially Old Montreal’s jewel the Notre-Dame Basilica. The 1829 Gothic Revival structure is sumptuous on the inside with gold, blue, and gem tones, stain glass windows depicting the city, and its grand organ constructed from thousands of pipes. From its 17th century stone structure origins to its current status as a Vatican City recognized minor basilica, Notre-Dame is one of the most visited attractions in all of North America.

1800s-View of the Saint Genevieve des Ardents-destroyed in 1747
1800s-View of the Saint Genevieve des Ardents-destroyed in 1747

For casual sight-seeing, and exploration, churches are a reflection of culture, religious representation, and a reflection of architectural styles through the decades.
The holidays are a perfect time to go to a church service, at least once a year, to attend a candle light service, or hear the songs of the choir.

To help guide you on a search of the most unique and historical churches in Quebec, the Montreal Archives is a great resource. When searching the website, it helps if you search for the key words in French.

1832-1912-Church of the Lady of Pity
1832-1912-Church of the Lady of Pity
1866-Before-Church of St Sauveur
1866-Before-Church of St Sauveur
1880-Varennes Varennes church in 1880
1880-Varennes Varennes church in 1880
1889-The Ice Castle Winter Carnival Montreal
1889-The Ice Castle Winter Carnival Montreal
1890-Photograph of St-James Methodist Church now St-James United Church - 463,rue Sainte-Catherine Ouest
1890-Photograph of St-James Methodist Church now St-James United Church – 463,rue Sainte-Catherine Ouest
1900-Photograph of Christ Church Cathedral 1444 Union Avenue
1900-Photograph of Christ Church Cathedral 1444 Union Avenue
1900s-Church of the Holy Family-Ile d'Orleans
1900s-Church of the Holy Family-Ile d’Orleans
1900s-Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin of Laprairie
1900s-Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin of Laprairie

1927-L'Ange-Gardien general view of a street in which we can see the processional chapel and the bell tower of the church in the distance
1927-L’Ange-Gardien general view of a street in which we can see the processional chapel and the bell tower of the church in the distance
1927-Quebec-Notre Dame des Victoires Churchin the morning horse-drawn carriage and pedestrians
1927-Quebec-Notre Dame des Victoires Church in the morning horse-drawn carriage and pedestrians
1929-Montreal Ile Perrot Church and Cemetery
1929-Montreal Ile Perrot Church and Cemetery
1930-Montreal-Notre Dame de Bonsecours Church
1930-Montreal-Notre Dame de Bonsecours Church
1936-April-Notre Dame Church
1936-April-Notre Dame Church
1936-March 30-Saint-Cypriens Church Boulevard Morgan
1936-March 30-Saint-Cypriens Church Boulevard Morgan
1936-Saint-Andrew and Saint-Paul Church at Sherbrooke and Redpath
1936-Saint-Andrew and Saint-Paul Church at Sherbrooke and Redpath
1936-Saint-Pierre church on rue Visitation
1936-Saint-Pierre church on rue Visitation
1937-St Jean - Baptiste Church-Rachel Street Montreal
1937-St Jean – Baptiste Church-Rachel Street Montreal
1945-October 4-Knox Crescent Presbyterian Church
1945-October 4-Knox Crescent Presbyterian Church
1947-Saint-Georges Church
1947-Saint-Georges Church
1954-Montreal Saint-Viateur d'Outremont church
1954-Montreal Saint-Viateur d’Outremont church
1968-Notre-Dame Church
1968-Notre-Dame Church