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