Notre-Dame-de-Bonsecours Chapel (Chapelle Notre-Dame-de-Bonsecours), Montreal

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One of the city's oldest religious landmarks, Notre-Dame-de-Bonsecours Chapel (Chapelle Notre-Dame-de-Bonsecours) 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-Bonsecours Chapel (Chapelle Notre-Dame-de-Bonsecours) and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Montreal itinerary maker.
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  • Very beautiful church. $5 entrance fee which could include a guided tour if you wanted. Picture taking inside was allowed. Very beautiful 
  • Important historic site... The sanctuary of boat-shaped lamp says the profession of those attending her... Its name evokes its role with the parishioners of the neighborhood... Small museum in the basement of rather interesting...
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  • We came mostly for the views from the top of the tower, which we heard were great, but the story of Marguerite Bourgeoys, which is told in the museum, was amazing. We found ourselves lingering much lo...  read more »
  • Meh. I wish they'd have just said "you're paying for the visit/view from the roof", because that's the reality of it. I'd include the chapel but you can see that without paying for a tour. The "museum" is pretty laughable. 1/6th of it is a room of miniatures acting out the founder's story. Quaint, but ultimately unfulfilling. I certainly don't mind supporting a historical site, but the price of admission seems way out of line considering there are LOTS of other sites charging less and giving more.
  • Beautiful chapel with lots of history. A great place to pray as it is less touristy than some of the other churches in the city.
  • An important destination for those interested in the early history of Montreal and New France. The chapel is a must see -- the museum optional.
  • Beautiful chapel and museum in Old Montreal. A lot of great history about the chapel, but also about the beginning of New France.
  • A very good church and must visit if you are in Montreal for more than 1 day
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