Thursday Doors – April 13, 2017

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Église Sainte-Rose-de-Lima, Laval

Last week I took you along on our afternoon doorscursion around the lovely little district called Vieux Sainte-Rose in the city of Laval, just north of Montréal.

This week I thought we’d look at their grand 160 year-old church, Église Sainte-Rose-de-Lima.

In March of 1740 at the request of the residents of the new settlement at Ste-Rose, the Governor of New France, Gilles Hocquart, authorized the founding of a new parish for the area.

After the arrival of their first priest in 1745 a small church was built on the shores of the Milles-Iles river a few kilometers from the site of today’s church.

Made of wood, this first church burned to the ground in 1766. Rebuilding was stalled mostly due to bickering between the parishioners and the archbishop for the region, who insisted on merging their parish with another one about 18 kilometers (11 miles) away.

After the resignation of the archbishop, and having gone almost 20 years without a local church, things finally started looking up the residents of the village. In 1788 the land on the current site was donated to the parish and construction of a stone church began almost immediately.

By 1850 the population of the area had outgrown the smaller stone church and plans were readied to build the current version with construction between 1852 and 1856.

The design is in the neoclassical style that was typical of many 19th century Catholic churches built in New France, with this one even using locally quarried stone.

The building has undergone a number of renovations and upgrades over the years and it was awarded protected building status under the provincial heritage building program in 1974.

Next time we visit the area I’ll try to get in to take a peek inside.

As always, thanks so such for visiting 🙂

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56 Responses to Thursday Doors – April 13, 2017

  1. marianallen says:

    Ooo! Pretty rounded arches! O’ course, having grown up in Louisville, Kentucky, I can’t see twin spires without thinking of Churchill Downs, especially this close to The Kentucky Derby (first Saturday in May). Our Lady of the Long Shot.

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  2. Candy says:

    I really like the fan lights over the doors.

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  3. pretty church. I like those doors on it.

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  4. reocochran says:

    I like the stone which almost looks like marble in texture and appearance. The wooden arched doors are gorgeous! The spires and it’s golden Mother Mary in-between really were stunning additions. I like this church and too bad unable to go inside. You will make it someday and we will like the interior a lot, I think.
    For some reason my work ramps up their work hours around holidays, Norm. I had come off of an eleven hours Thursday and just am getting to my responses and visiting!
    Hope your weekend is fun, exciting and holds moments of peace mixed in. 🙂

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  5. sonyavdg says:

    I love the architecture around Montreal – so different than the more anglo parts of North America

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  6. jazzytower says:

    I never get tired of seeing those beautiful stone churches. A nice set Norm.

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  7. Nancy says:

    What a beautiful church! The top is gorgeous and the front door is spectacular!

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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      Thanks Nancy. Glad you liked it. I’m always amazed at how well-maintained many of these stained wood doors are. Considering the harsh winters and exposure to the elements, they need regular TLC to keep looking this nice.


  8. Such a nice church, very pleasing and inviting. I would go in. 🙂

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  9. jesh stg says:

    As always, your captures do not disappoint! To see the symbols above the outer 2 doors is intriguing. The left represents Christ, but on the right … is that a fish?
    (if it is, I know it’s the ichtus fish – symbol of the Christians in the first centuries). Happy Easter to you, if you celebrate it!

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  10. JT Twissel says:

    I like the shot with the plane flying over! Cool.

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  11. Susi Lovell says:

    I must get up there to take a look. I agree with Joanne Sisco that most churches seem to be locked these days – such a shame. And thanks for deleting the dud entry I put in this week’s list. I couldn’t work out how to delete it myself although I managed to do it correctly the second time!

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  12. Carrie Rubin says:

    Gorgeous. I want so badly to visit Montréal again. I was there long ago on a college trip, and then, several years back, hubs and I went there for a conference, but he was called back for an emergency at work only hours after we got there! Someday, someday…

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  13. I like the doors, Norm, but that stone steals the show for me. I love the colour of it, especially set against such a blue sky. It’s a beautiful building.

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  14. ianbcross says:

    Plain wood, plain stone. More in tune with Calvinism than Catholicism? Nice work.

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  15. It’s so pretty! I like the wood doors, and arched frames, and windows. The white steeples and bell tower tops really add to its beauty.

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  16. J Walters says:

    Ahh . . . churches in Quebec have such grandeur, which you always seem to capture. Great photos.

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  17. ardputerbaughaolcom says:

    An awesome building,,,all that stone! Simple, strong and imposing, yet not so much. Thanks for sharing. And it looks like such a lovely sunny day!

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  18. Geert Smits says:

    Great doors as always Norm!

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  19. Debbie Smyth says:

    Nice building, nice doors, Norm.
    Here are my doors – not quite as traditional as yours!

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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      Thanks Debbie! Your were pretty cool this week.
      For future reference there’s no need to put the link in the comments section, just add it to the link-up list using the blue button. I went ahead and added it for you. Cheers 🙂


  20. joey says:

    Gorgeous! These doors were the first things I saw in my Instagram feed today 🙂

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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      Thanks Joey – That IG version turned out nicely, though I couldn’t quite get it as perfectly centered as I wanted. With the square format I kinda ran out of pixels on one side. Just another thing to keep in mind when I’m out shooting doors.

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  21. conspicari says:

    Beautiful building, love the symmetry and the texture of the stone.

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  22. The doors are simple, but lovely and are the perfect contrast to the white stone of the rest of the church. There’s just enough bling to make the church special, but not so much as to overwhelm the senses.


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  23. The top of that church is truly amazing. I’ve never seen anything like that – ever. Beautiful. The doors are also massive and the arched glass is beautiful. 🙂 Lovely find, Norm.

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  24. Pistachios says:

    More churches?? Not that I mind, of course 😉 Can’t deny they tend to have pretty amazing architecture. The doors are pretty neat, but I have to admit my eye kept wandering to the stonework!

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  25. Dan Antion says:

    This is a lovely building, Norm. The wood doors look so nice, set into the stone entrances. I really like the arched transom windows. It’s interesting to read about the ” bickering between the parishioners and the archbishop for the region” because that is happening in all our big cities today, as churches are forced to consolidate small congregations and schools into one sustainable body.

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  26. Joanne Sisco says:

    This style is one of the classics with its double spires and bell towers. The doors are simple, but elegant – the main doors flanked by its mini doors – and I like that clean white stone. Nice find, Norm.

    You seem to have better luck getting into churches than I do. I wonder if it’s because you are there on the weekend. During the week, most churches I find are locked up tightly.

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  27. Sherry Felix says:

    Nice one Norm. Imposing in its clean simplicity.

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