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. Plan your visit to Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours Chapel and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Montreal itinerary maker.
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  • August 12, 2017
    This chapel is located a few blocks from the Old Port and Place Jacques Cartier. It is free to enter, although they like donations. The chapel is very pretty inside. They have ships hanging from the c...  more »
  • August 11, 2017
    In the same area as the old port market Bonsecours, place Jacques Quartier, etc. Do not miss to go. It's unpretentious, but she's pretty.
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  • August 10, 2017
    This was a delightful surprise as I was looking forward to seeing the Notre-Dame Basilica and had no idea about this church, which has a much better story than the Basilica (IMHO). We were amazed at t...  more »
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  • April 18, 2017
    Great tour! We saw the entire history of this unbelievable church. The small displays did an excellent job of explaining the history. The views from the top of the church were amazing and the archeological site underneath the church was like stepping back in time. There is just too many fascinating things to describe here. This is something everyone should see. It was great!
  • June 15, 2017
    Amazing old building, loved the exterior architecture. Good for photographers . Must see if you are in Montreal city
  • June 15, 2017
    Very cute church, checkout the hanging boats.
  • November 7, 2016
    Where: Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours Chapel - Montreal, Quebec What: A small Chapel in the Old Port. How was it: This Chapel is really cute. It's really small and charming inside. You can light candles as opposed to the new electric version. It's rarely open when we are nearby, but when it is we try to go inside for some minutes. Grade: Eli = 5, Serge = 4+ Recommend: Yeah, the structure on the outside is nice and the inside is really charming.
  • June 6, 2017
    A beautiful and peaceful church...

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