Thursday Doors – June 4, 2015

In December of 1881 upon returning from a trip to Montréal, Mark Twain was famously quoted in the New York Times for saying, “This is the first time I was ever in a city where you couldn’t throw a brick without breaking a church window.”

Yes with our predominantly French Roman Catholic heritage we have LOTS of churches here, and places of worship usually include impressive architecture that also involves attention-getting entryways.

So as much as I try to resist overdoing it with church doors, the fact remains: this part of the world naturally provides excellent fodder for #ThursdayDoors through its many impressive places of worship.

A few months ago while running some errands we drove past Église St-Arsène on Bélanger Street East in the North-Central part of the city.

Since this is in my old neighborhood, I figure I must have driven past this place dozens of times over the years without ever really noticing it. This time however, Honey was driving and I had the luxury of riding shotgun while looking out for interesting things to photograph, so of course as I looked up the stairs I noticed the wrought-iron-over-glass doors right away.

Unfortunately we didn’t have time to stop that day and the light wasn’t right anyway, but I did take a mental note to come back to capture these doors at a later date.

We finally got to do that this past weekend. It was a little late in the afternoon so the light was still not ideal, but this time I decided to get out and try shooting it anyway.

Here are the results:


As you may have noticed in some of my previous door posts, I like that skewed perspective that comes from using a wide angle lens while looking up at the foot of a tall object.



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About Norm 3.0

World’s youngest grumpy old man & heart failure wonder boy. Interests: writing, woodworking, photography, travel, tennis, wine, and I know a bit about power tools.
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28 Responses to Thursday Doors – June 4, 2015

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  2. Gorgeous church! And love the Twain quote – he has the best quotes! What a witty man he was.

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  3. Interesting doors, Norm. Do you know why there are two entrances. Was it originally to separate the men from the women? Or just to thin out the crowds rushing out after Mass. 😉

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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      Thanks Jean – judging by the size/capacity of the place I’d guess the latter. To help thin out the crowds quicker 🙂

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      • You’re probably right. In the past, in Ireland, men and women were segregated in church, so I wondered if that might be the reason. Thinning a crowd would be a good idea in case of injury during the ‘mass’ exodus. Couldn’t resist that one, sorry.

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  4. NancyTex says:

    What a glorious day it was today in this beautiful city! I’ll take it!

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  5. tgeriatrix says:

    Great capture!

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  6. I’m not a church person, but who can deny churches have some of the best doors, if not architecture? Great find, thanks for sharing!

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  8. Beautiful and stately doors Norm!
    My contribution this week:
    I hope you like it.


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  10. Cee Neuner says:

    That church and its doors and steps are awesome.

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  12. Dan Antion says:

    You can’t overdo church doors. These are beautiful Norm.

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  14. joannesisco says:

    I too like the imposing look of an old church up close like this. This one is definitely a beautiful one.

    I’m curious about the stairs though. The 2 sides don’t look the same. Are they built differently?

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  16. Beautiful doors. The stone and iron work is beautiful.

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