Notre-Dame de Québec
The church of Notre-Dame was built in 1633 on the site of a chapel dedicated to Notre-Dame-de-la-Recouvrance by Champlain, founder of Québec. Destroyed by a fire in 1640, this chapel was replaced in 1647 by a church, Notre-Dame-de-la-Paix.
It was officially classified as a parish church in 1664 and dedicated as Notre-Dame-de-l'Immaculée-Conception. Ten years later, when Monsignor de Laval became the first bishop of North America, it was chosen to be the cathedral church for the diocese.
Several efforts were made to render this small parish church worthy of its new official status in the heart of the Catholic Church.
Immediately after its elevation to the rank of cathedral, the diocese looked for an architect to reconstruct it. The ensuing effort to produce a prestigious building resulted in its recognition by the Church of Rome who gave it the honorary title of minor basilica in 1874 during the bicentenary of the institution of the diocese of Québec
The first church was erected in the French tradition and modestly took on those characteristics prescribed by Jesuit plan widely used in France. The principal features of this architectural type included a Latin cross design finished in a semicircular choir, two side chapels at the entrance to the choir, a bell-tower surmounting the crossing, and, a simple porch surrounding the main entrance in the façade.
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lybil (879) 2006-06-13 0:51
Photo intéressante avec quelque feuilles en premier plan et l'ombre en bas de la cathédrale. J'aime bien la couleur verte et la note.
Merci pour ce partage.
thor68 (5586) 2006-06-13 14:45
great photo of the notre-dame - *g* they seem to have
notre-dames everywhere! :-)
very good and interesting informative note -
everyday something new.
too bad the top (cross) and the bottom are cut off a bit,
i guess there was no more space to go back further.
well done & take care, thor.
- Copyright: Terry Sio (terrysio) (715)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2005-09-30
- Categories: Architecture
- Exposure: f/7.1, 1/320 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Theme(s): Les Églises du Québec [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2006-06-07 12:58