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.
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.
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.