Thursday Doors – April 14, 2016

Thursday Doors is a weekly feature allowing door lovers to come together to admire and share their favorite door photos from around the world. Feel free to join in on the fun by creating your own Thursday Doors post each week and then sharing it, between Thursday morning and Saturday noon (North American eastern time), by using the blue link-up button below. 

Chapel Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours – Vieux Montréal

As promised a few weeks ago, here we are back at the Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours Chapel in Old Montréal.


Built in 1771 on top of the ruins of the original stone chapel for the 1642 French settlement of Ville Marie, the Chapel of Our Lady of Good Help is the oldest church on the island of Montréal.

Located at 400 rue Saint Paul Est, the chapel houses an active church which holds masses several times a week in both English and French.


Inner doors leading into the chapel

Inner doors leading into the chapel

In the 1800’s due to its location facing the primary cargo vessel port on the St. Lawrence Seaway, which leads into the great lakes and the heart of North America, it also came to be known as the Sailors’ Chapel.


To Catholic sailors arriving from overseas it was a pilgrimage stop where they would come to pray and make offerings in gratitude for “good help” in carrying them safely on their ocean travels.

Miniatures ships can even be found hanging from the ceiling throughout the chapel.


In 1849, recognizing the significance of the sailing community to the church the Archbishop of Montréal gave the chapel a statue of the Virgin which was installed on top the building to look out and keep watch over the ships arriving in the harbour.


Today visitors can admire this remarkably well-preserved heritage status building that offers a unique insight into the 374-year history of the city through historical paintings and frescoes, stained glass, as well as centuries-old bronze, wood and marble statues and carvings.





Founder of the original Chapel: Marguerite Bourgeoys

Founder of the original Chapel: Marguerite Bourgeoys

For those not into the religious aspect there is also a side door offering direct access to the museum which contains an ongoing archaeological dig below the chapel.

On display you’ll find native artifacts from the region, some dating back several thousand years, as well as items from the original settlement, including parts of the foundation of the original chapel.


As Montréal churches go, this one is certainly not among the biggest, nor is it the most impressive in terms of art or architecture. For history buffs however, the Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours Chapel is second to none.

As always, thanks for looking 🙂

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About Norm 2.0

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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70 Responses to Thursday Doors – April 14, 2016

  1. litadoolan says:

    Thank you for this beautiful tour !

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  2. Lynn Thaler says:

    I love your photos. They are very beautiful.

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  3. Geert Smits says:

    Great serie! Beautiful church and very nice doors 🙂 Thanks for sharing.

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  4. Parul Thakur says:

    Wow! Lovely pictures. I would love to join and I will from May. This is a good one Norm 🙂

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  5. Looks amazing Norm – love all the nautical associations and that interior looks stunning – I think I’d be waiting for everyone to leave so I could lie on the floor and look up at that ceiling! 🙂

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  6. Beautiful photos Norm, shall have to go on a hunt for some doors!!

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  7. Beautiful photos of doors and stained glass. That Sailor’s Chapel is amazing!

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  8. Love the tour every week. I’ve been reading a mystery series that takes pace in Quebec good to learn more.
    Here’s my homy suburban hippy door for this week 🙂

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  9. I think it’s beautiful! I love the interior ceiling frescoes. the stained glass window, and the red arched doors, especially the side door with the little red arched window next to it, and the green steeple. I am imaging that is a patina? Great images and subject Norm!

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  10. jan says:

    I love those old sailor’s churches with the boats hanging from the ceiling. So wonderful! Alas I have no doors today either – but I see there are 38 doors to take a look at. Whew!

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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      Thanks Jan. Places like this are marvelous.
      No pressure – feel free to jump in whenever you want. We hit 40 contributions as of this morning and we’ve been averaging about that many for the last month of so; it’s so cool! I think we’re onto something here 😉
      Thanks for you support 🙂


  11. pommepal says:

    The history of the church is so well preserved, your photos tell the story and it makes interesting reading. Here is my weekly contribution.

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  12. It may not be big but it’s certainly beautiful, Norm, and it has a red door. I love the interior and those ships hanging from the ceiling are so unique.

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  13. Cally says:

    As usual l was so impressed. Your insight and images take me on such a wonderful journey. Thanks for being so generous. Take care Cally.

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  14. katieprior says:

    What beautiful buildings (and doors!) Norm, the first red door is gorgeous, with its wonderful lettering above it. Very nice! 🙂

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  16. Helen Bushe says:

    Some amazing doors here, Norm. A truly inspirational post. How can anyone not be fascinated by doors?

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  17. jesh stg says:

    Haven’t seen very many Roman style churches – this is beautiful, everywhere you look inside. But the outside door is surprisingly modern:) Thanks for hosting:)

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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      I’m sure the doors, windows and some of the stonework on the rear facade are not original. Winters can be tough on buildings here and better insulated more modern building material can cut down the heating bills too.


  18. Cee Neuner says:

    Here are my doors for this week. You have a fabulous collection of doors this week 😀

    Liked by 2 people

  19. Little Voice says:

    Love your pictures and your explanation.

    Liked by 2 people

  20. marianallen says:

    How wonderful! I could spend a whole day in there — and another in the museum! Thanks for the tour. 🙂

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  21. dimlamp says:

    Some Lutheran churches of Scandinavian heritage also have miniature ships in them, indicative of their seafaring history.

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  22. joannesisco says:

    I know very little about Montreal and this post seals it – this summer when I’m in Montreal for Bike Rally, I must visit Old Montreal!!
    What struck me first about this church (besides the slope it was built on) was the cross on top of each of the spires. It gives the church a very regal look.
    I had noticed the angel in the background on the first photo, so I’m glad you included a look of the building from the other side. I didn’t realize it was all one building.
    Great photos Norm. I really like the interior photo looking down that long aisle.

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  23. pbmgarden says:

    You’ve offered up a grand red entryway. The bright interior of the building is compelling.

    Liked by 1 person

  24. joey says:

    Ooooh! It’s just all so very beautiful. I love the repeated red arches against the stone. And that stained glass! On top of that tile! So much marble! And those paintings! — What a great capture. Thank you for sharing that 🙂

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  25. Handsome church and doors, stunning stained glass windows, and I love the ships. Nice one, Norm. 🙂

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  26. RuthsArc says:

    Beautiful place and doors.

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  27. Beautiful inside and out, NOrm.


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  28. Love the doors and the history. The last red door is a beaut.

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  29. Dan Antion says:

    Very nice Norm! I love the symmetry throughout the building. The red arched doors are so striking. That bottom photo is my favorite. The way the glass door on the announcement page echos the arch and style of the larger door – it’s like it amplifies the experience. I also really like the tile and artwork around the stained glass window. It’s not so much that it takes away from the window, but it adds a nice touch. Thanks for bringing us here today!

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  30. My husbands family is from Quebec, Canada and we have been there several times doing research. We have not been to this church, however so I’ve added it to my list. Great photos as ever, Norm!

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  31. Vicky says:

    Thank you for sharing such an amazing place with wonderful doors, architecture, stained glass and quirks!

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  32. reocochran says:

    Norm, this post is captivating and chock full of interesting doors! I enjoyed trying to read the French words including Love for Mary on the engraved stone arch. The 1770’s church, Notre Dame Chapel in Montreal is one beautiful detailed wonder! I could go on. . . the stained glass is exquisite and then you for sharing this! Have a great rest of the week, Norm. 🙂

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