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Église du Sacré-Coeur – Stanstead, Québec
Earlier this year we spent a few days exploring Québec’s Eastern Townships near the border with Vermont.
Driving around the town of Stanstead we got a glimpse of this red brick beauty between the trees.
Of course one of the first things I wonder about when I see another big old church is what the doors must be like 😉
We circled back to take a closer look and were not disappointed.
Église du Sacré-Coeur is a catholic church that was originally built 1875 and 1877 and then partially rebuilt after a devastating fire in 1915.
I was unable to find any photographs from the original building before the fire but through my research I found that the rebuild included a more intricate facade and a bigger, taller bell tower.
The oddest thing about this church is the choice by the architect and builder to use red brick, particularly since the village of Stanstead is actually located in the heart of one of the biggest granite production regions on the continent.
As is often the case these days, we tried the door to see if we could take a peak inside, but being mid-week it was locked.
So instead I took a few extra minutes to walk around the entire building to check out all of the other doors.
The Parrish is still on of the most active in the region and the church does see a fair amount of use at various times of the year for concerts as well as regular Sunday services.
On our way back to the car I turned around for one last look. I don’t know if it was the relaxing effects of being on vacation, but the whole scene of this majestic building sitting on this wonderful big tree-filled lot, with the red, the green, and the bright blue sky; it all felt so peaceful and soothing that I had to try to capture that sensation in one last shot.
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