Thursday Doors – July 20, 2017

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. 

Le Chemin du Roy (The King’s Road), Ste-Anne de la Pérade Church

Note: I’ll be even slower than usual in responding this week and next, but I will try to get around to all the posts included on our link-up list; hopefully I’ll get to everyone before the Saturday noon entry deadline. 

Sitting on either side of the Ste-Anne river a few hundred yards before it empties into the mighty St-Lawrence you’ll find the town of Ste-Anne de la Perade.

It’s a town that pretty much has two claims to fame, though I’ll admit that I’ll be surprised if more that a few of you would know what they are.

In winter it is the Atlantic Tomcod ice fishing capital of the world. Each year by early January an entire village of fishing huts springs up on the frozen river as thousands of ice-fishing enthusiasts from all over come to try their hand at catching the smallest and arguably the most delicious cousin of the cod family.

But until I can get some fishing hut door pics in six months or so, let’s talk about the town’s other claim to fame: the largest church between Quebec City and Montreal.

Built between 1855 and 1869 the church of Ste-Anne de la Perade was designed by the Montréal architect Casimir Coursolles, who took his design inspiration from the then recently completed Notre-Dame Basilica in Montreal.

The arches,  the windows extending almost completely along each side,

and two steeples are all synonymous with the Gothic style. The grandiose design for such a small town leaves the visitor with that awestruck feeling one experiences when standing in front of one the worlds’s great cathedrals.

In a place with barely 2000 inhabitants this church can hold just about half the town, and every year thousands of tourists come to visit the grandest structure in the region. In fact due to the demand the church offers regular guided tours all summer long.

It’s when you are standing in front of the building that it really starts to sink in just how big this place is.

Though the doors may not be spectacular, there are plenty of them.

And they do fit the place oh so perfectly.

As always, thanks so much for visiting 🙂

Want to join in on the fun and share your own Thursday Doors post with other door lovers? Click on the blue button below to add the link to your Thursday Doors post to our link-up list.

Don’t forget that if you share your blog posts on Twitter and Instagram, use the #ThursdayDoors hashtag to help others find you, and please do take a few minutes to visit some of the Thursday Door posts shared by others.

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.
Gallery | This entry was posted in Photography, Thursday Doors and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

48 Responses to Thursday Doors – July 20, 2017

  1. Oh wow! That is an impressive church. It’s interesting that they would build it so large in a small town. I love the arched doorways. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  2. reocochran says:

    I accidentally posted on the blue frog, one correct doors and one incorrectly written one. So sorry, Norm.
    I love the magnificent Ste. Anne de la Perade. The multiple windows along the sides really made this cathedral a “knock out!” Hope you have a lovely weekend. 😊 🌸

    Liked by 1 person

  3. I love this architecture, the windows, and the color of the doors.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Beautiful church. I love the arch windows.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Ally Bean says:

    This church is gorgeous, as are your photos of it. Love the colors of the doors against the stone. What a cool place to visit and photograph.

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Pistachios says:

    I’m rather awestruck just looking at the photos – can’t imagine what it’s like standing right before it! Any chance there are interior photos coming up in a future post? 😉

    It’s been a busy couple of weeks for me too! Gonna have to fit in my TD browsing in what breaks I can get!

    Liked by 1 person

  7. ianbcross says:

    Cool stonework, sophisticated grey painted doors. It almost looks huguenot, Norm.

    Liked by 1 person

  8. jazzytower says:

    It is imposing! Nice shots. I always enjoy the history you bring to your posts Norm.

    Liked by 1 person

  9. Vicky says:

    How lovely, what a striking church. The symmetry works so well and the door and window features are so aligned to the building’s architecture. It’s very pleasing on the eye and makes you want to gaze at the building, understanding its graceful alignment. Well found and thank you for sharing it with us…

    Liked by 1 person

  10. jesh stg says:

    Beautiful, and yes grandiose if half of the town would fit in there! Makes me wonder if they thought the town would expand a lot? But without question, a beautiful building. Love the shot you took from the “ceiling” of the pillars outside!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Norm 2.0 says:

      I’m not sure if they were thinking of the town’s expansion or just about getting the whole town into one building – after all, back then almost EVERYONE in that region would have been catholic 😉

      Liked by 1 person

  11. I am anxious to get to Miami to get some good shots next month. I love your pics this week. Just beautiful!

    Liked by 1 person

  12. joey says:

    I think the doors ARE spectacular, particularly in their multitude! Really beautiful colors and structure, like a fairy tale eglise 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  13. JT Twissel says:

    Ice fishing I have to admit has never appealed to me – that last pic is postcard worthy my friend!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Norm 2.0 says:

      Thanks Jan. We arrived at the perfect time of day to catch the beginning of that magical golden hour light.
      I’ve never understood the appeal of ice fishing either but apparently alcohol does help 😉


  14. Dan Antion says:

    This is a magnificent building, Norm. I love how the arches are replicated in the windows. They certainly left no details out in their planning. I’m glad it’s a tourist attraction. I would think it would be hard for the community to support such an amazing structure.

    Liked by 1 person

  15. Yes, quite grand, no matter the size of the town. I like the shape and color of the doors and oh, my, all those windows!


    Liked by 1 person

  16. Did the frog ‘croak’ Norm, lol. It’s working fine now. 🙂 Very imposing building, almost like a castle. The windows are as large as the doors (or are the doors as small as the windows?). Nicely shot.

    Liked by 1 person

  17. dweezer19 says:

    Magnificent! I live the persoective in the third and fifth photos.

    Liked by 1 person

  18. arv! says:

    Lovely door images

    Liked by 1 person

  19. Sherry Felix says:

    Impressive. I love the old style. The stone looks so new.

    Liked by 1 person

  20. Oh, Norm, before you rush off, fix the frog, please! 🙂

    Liked by 2 people

Leave a Reply to Dan Antion Cancel reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.