Thursday Doors – August 6, 2015

Last week was a vacation week for us and though we had no major plans we wanted to take advantage of the wonderful summer weather to explore some local areas that we hadn’t been to in a while.

We settled on the National Capitol region of Ottawa/Gatineau straddling the border between south-eastern Ontario and south-western Quebec.

After packing an overnight bag we jumped into the car and went exploring, choosing to avoid the main roads in favor of secondary routes that took us through many small towns and villages along the way.

I always like to joke that when you are running low on subjects for impressive doors, head to local places of worship; they’ll rarely let you down. And even though we weren’t exactly looking for church doors, it didn’t take much more than half an hour before we were in the lovely town of Sainte-Anne-des-Plaines and drove past this:


Of course that view was enough to make me want to circle back and take a closer look at the rest of the building. Sure enough the entrance did not disappoint:


Upon our return home a few days later I did some investigating and found that the Ste-Anne-des-Plaines Diocese had been originally founded in 1787 and that construction on this current church had run from 1899 to 1902.


Due to its historical, cultural, and architectural significance the Église Ste-Anne-des-Plaines church was awarded Provincial Heritage Building status in 2004, allowing it to qualify for public subsidies to help with its upkeep.

For a 113 year-old structure that’s exposed to the kind of winters we have around here, this building is remarkably well maintained.


Even the side doors were worth taking a look at:


And here is a closer look at the carvings on the main door header:


I think we may just have to go back and take a look inside of this place, don’t you?

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As always, thanks for looking!

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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48 Responses to Thursday Doors – August 6, 2015

  1. K. Renae P. says:

    This post rocked my world. Loved the pictures and information.

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  2. annetbell says:

    Beautiful pictures!

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  3. Sabina says:

    LOVE church doors. This week has completely gotten away from me so I didn’t get to enter the linky but will still check out some other images 🙂

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  4. Three doors in one, great photo’s Norm. You’re absolutely right in saying that there’s always an interesting door to be found on a religious building. I hadn’t thought of libraries but it’s true that here in Ireland some of the best doors lead to books. 🙂

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  8. tgeriatrix says:

    Beautiful Doors and lots info. Thanks!

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  10. They just don’t craft them like that anymore. Gorgeous. Excited to have found other people interested in doors! Hope to join in on #ThursdayDoors. (My blog post today is a short story with a picture of a blocked up doorway – I don’t suppose that counts 🙂 )

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  11. Corina says:

    Wonderful post! The doors are so pretty and fit in with the rest of the church, which is also beautiful!

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  12. klara b says:

    amazing building and doors.

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  14. jan says:

    Fabulous doors! Mine this week aren’t nearly as elegant but then I took them before I knew about #ThursdayDoors!

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  15. dimlamp says:

    Interesting doors. I too enjoy taking secondary roads and discovering places otherwise missed on the main highways.

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  17. joey says:

    Wow, that’s a stunning church! The carving on the door is just gorgeous!

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  19. Sammy D. says:

    The doors are beautiful and its the patina on the wood that gives them such a spiritual glow! Definitely a look inside (for all of us) is a must.

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  20. Colline says:

    The church is a stunning piece of architecture – and the doors do not disappoint.

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  22. joannesisco says:

    It looks like an amazing church … I love the 4th photo in particular. I don’t know anything about architecture, but it seems to me there is an interesting fusion of design principles going on here. Love it.

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  24. Dan Antion says:

    This building is so beautiful and the doors are a perfect compliment to the architecture. I think I could spend a long time just wandering around the outside. I’d love to see the inside too.

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  25. Amazing building and doors. Absolutely lovely, and I’ve never seen one wide stairway leading to the three doors. I like it. 🙂

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  27. Pleasant Street says:

    Anytime I go to a town I haven’t been to before, I look for the churches and libraries, not just for the architecture, but it would be at least 50% of the reason. These photos are stunning

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  28. Dan Hen says:

    Cantrafabulous doors !

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