L’Église de L’Assomption-de-la-Sainte-Vierge – L’Assomption (Québec)
The weather has finally turned sunny but too little too late for me to get out doorscursioning so it’s back to the archives for me this week. I’m dipping into the last of my pics from our recent stroll around the 300 year-old town of L’Assomption.
As was often the case at the time in French Catholic Canada, the church got dibs on the all best real estate, so this church was built on a prime spot at the top of a hill in the center of the old village.
Replacing a church built on the same site in 1752, it is made primarily of locally quarried grey stone. Construction started in 1819 and was completed in late 1820. It was expanded further in 1863-64 to make it more resemble a cathedral, and also to rebuild the bell towers that had not fared well through the harsh winters.
In the 1990’s the neighboring seminary that was built in the 1870’s, was converted into the town’s library and community cultural center.
Today the church also plays host to piano recitals and organ concerts as part of the region’s yearly Festival de Lanaudière summer classical music festival.
To give you an idea of what the inside is like, here are a few pre-show shots from a recital we attended there a few years ago. As you might have guessed, I can confirm that the acoustics in this place are pretty good.
Note: I will be out of touch for most of the day on Thursday, so I’ll be slower than usual in answering comments and getting around to everyone’s posts, but will be around when I can.
As always, thanks so such for visiting 🙂