In 1642, the year Ville-Marie (today's Montréal) was founded by Paul Chomedey de Maisonneuve, Jean-Jacques Olier established the Society of Saint-Sulpice, a society of priests who came to Montréal in 1657 and joined the Jesuits who had already established a mission there. In 1663 the seigneury of l'île de Montréal was donated to the Sulpicians and they governed until 1840. A plan of 1672 drawn up by Dollier de Casson, Father Superior of the Sulpicians, formed the basis for future urban development: he established a linear layout of streets forming blocks of unequal dimensions, roughly rectangular, with a market place and parish church acting as focal points.
The parish was officially inaugurated and dedicated to the Saint-Nom-de-Marie in 1678. The construction of the first church of Notre-Dame began in 1672, on the site chosen by Dollier de Casson, aligned with the Rue Notre-Dame. It was built according to the Jesuit plan with a transept and a semicircular choir. It was enlarged for the first time in 1708 and then underwent a major transformation in 1722 when it was decided to lengthen it from the façade adding a large structure flanked with two towers after plans by Gaspard Chaussegros de Léry, the King's engineer. However, towards 1734 it was again too small for the growing population and was enlarged once more, this time creating side aisles linking the transept to the towers on the façade. The church continued to be used until the present basilica was completed in 1830. The north tower (the only one which was built) was preserved until 1843, after the first tower of the new church had been finished.
It is hard to imagine the true dimensions of the church facing the place d'Armes, now surrounded by tall buildings. It was, however, the largest church in North America when it was built bar none. The towers are 66m high and the nave is 77m long, 41m wide and more than 24m high from floor to ceiling.
The church of Notre-Dame was raised to the status of minor basilica by Pope John-Paul II, when he came to Montréal, on 21 April 1982.
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anakin (2775) 2005-11-28 18:29
Lovely night shot very good work, just a little noise in the sky but is ok.Great lights and great your note as well.
Fantasticos colores y muy tomados, un 10 para tu composicion, otro de detalle seria haber sacado el arbol de navidad entero.Me encantan las luces de las farolas.
Emile (20350) 2005-11-29 1:48
Another excellent night shot, very well captured, love the colours and sharpness. I was there many years ago in the same spot from were you got the picture, beautiful place.
Thank you for your interesting note.
isabela_sor (47557) 2005-11-29 2:02
Impresionanta arhitectura si o nota foarte buna.Imi place mult gradatia luminii surprinse:puternica si vie,la baza cladirii si pe masura ce ridicam ochii spre cer, tonuri de albastru pana se stinge in fundalul inchis al noptii.
rakeshgupta (2672) 2005-12-02 10:25
Nice night photo and great composition again.
I specially like lighting which is like white shining flowers and the architectural part. The sky is also matching with the building light.
- Copyright: Vlad Ghiea (vlad_ghiea) (1086)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2005-11-27
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Canon EOS 40D
- Exposure: f/4.5, 2 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Night Shots, Les Églises du Québec [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2005-11-28 17:48