Thursday Doors – November 30, 2017

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Église de Saint-Eustache – Vieux Saint-Eustache, Québec

Northwest of Montréal you’ll find the historically significant town of Saint-Eustache. This small community was founded in 1770 around a flour mill built on the du Chene River.

As indicated by this mural across the street from the Church, the town was the site of the last battle of the Lower Canada rebellion of les Patriotes in 1837.

Patriotes rebels marching out the door to take on the British in December 1837

The rebellions against the British that took place in 1837-38 in both Ontario (Upper Canada) and Québec (Lower Canada) are considered Canada’s unsuccessful war of independence.

The desire for political autonomy and the right to self-determination were the main reasons, and of course at the time these were not rights that the British were ready to allow.

After months of battles across the Lower Canada countryside, that included the imposing of Marshall Law in Montréal, the British finally gained the upper hand over the rebels.

With the last of the rebels holed up in Saint-Eustache, British Commander Sir John Colborne was dispatched along with close to 1500 troops and a few dozen cannons to quash the rebellion once and for all.

Upon their arrival on December 14th much of the village was burned to the ground by the British. Between this and seeing how heavily outnumbered and over-matched they were, many of the Patriotes rebels simply fled or layed down their arms.

Those that remained retreated and set up positions in the upper windows of the town’s Church; assuming they stood a better chance from these higher positions.

They also assumed that the British wouldn’t attempt to burn down a place of worship.

They were wrong.

Par Lord Charles Beauclerk (1813-1842) — Cette image est disponible au Musée McCord sous le numéro d’accès M4777.6 Domaine public,

The battle lasted about four hours with Colborne and his troops laying siege to the Church. With the exception of the main facade they burned most of the structure to the ground, and shot or captured the remaining rebels as they escaped from the burning building.

Though the church was rebuilt in the 1840’s, today the scars from the bullet holes and cannon balls can still be found in the stone walls.

A cannon ball scar can be seen top left of the door

When we last visited in the summer the main doors were open, welcoming visitors for guided tours of this National Historic Site

Though we didn’t get to photograph the main doors, at least we had the chance to go inside and check out the beautiful interior 🙂

One of the other interesting things about this church is its world-renowned acoustic qualities due in part to the curved ceiling.

In the 1980’s and 90’s Conductor Charles Dutoit and the Montreal Symphony Orchestra recorded a number of their all-time biggest selling, Grammy-winning albums here. Classical concerts are still held here year-round and are a real treat, with wonderfully even sound virtually anywhere you sit.

On the way out we did find a few other nice doors as well 🙂

Office doors at the rear of the building

I find it somewhat heartwarming to know that a place that had seen such ruthless violence 180 years ago, helps make beautiful music today.

I love the old stonework.

As always, thanks so much for visiting 🙂

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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.
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66 Responses to Thursday Doors – November 30, 2017

  1. reocochran says:

    I loved your photos of all different parts of this elegant church, Norm. My favorite is the one of the golden oak pews, looking back into the double balconies! Wow! hugs to you and the Mrs. 💕

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  2. litadoolan says:

    I love the rustic wood doors.

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  3. Beautiful find Norm! I always love to hear the history behind those old buildings. I’m sure that the remnants of bullet wounds to its exterior just add to its character. That interior is phenomenal. It is wonderful that after the atrocities that it witnessed, it can be a home to beautiful music.
    Those doors are a great bonus. I love that last one inset into the old stonework!

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  4. Jennie says:

    Beautiful, Norm. Old stone and history- it doesn’t get much better than that.

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  5. I like that mural. The inside of that church is beautiful. My uncle is an organist. I bet he would love this church.

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  6. dweezer19 says:

    The wood work is incredible. It is heartbreaking the little regard men have for things, especially sacred things… 😦

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  7. prior.. says:

    I have never seen a cannon ball scar – that was cool – and great post, N….

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  8. What a beautiful interior, Norm. A concert there would be amazing to hear live. The historical info was new to me and very interesting – we have similar accounts in Irish history. Sad that so much life has to be lost over political struggles.

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  9. To hear a concert in here would be quite something. I hope you can do it one day.

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  10. Hi Norm. I am back using a new blogging site. As a Brit, I was completely unaware of the failed war of independence in the 1830s. Dastardly deeds, burning churches. But the doors are great. This week, my doors are from a museum, so they are really old.

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  11. Beautiful church, Norm. I love the stone building and the bright and beautiful interior is so inviting! Nice doors, too! 🙂

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  12. What a peaceful and lovely place with ethereal ceilings, ornate wooden pews, stone walls, and interesting doors. My favorite is the last door, so much character. Thank you for sharing the history as beauty was reborn from the ashes. A reminder of hope.

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  13. Candy says:

    I really appreciate the history you share along with your doors. Being from the US, my knowledge of Canadian history is woefully meager.

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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      Thank you. It’s sad though. So much of Canadian and US history is intertwined. Things that were happening there affected what happened here, just as much of what took place here influenced outcomes there, yet somehow most of the US has chosen to ignore this fact.
      Glad I was able to help change that a bit 🙂


  14. What a gorgeous church and beautiful doors! I love that the interior is so light and bright, as opposed to many of the impressive, but dark, cathedrals we see so much of. I would love to experience a concert there.

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  15. Aimer Boyz says:

    Thanks, Norm. Simply beautiful interior 🙂

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  16. tinahomeblog says:

    The interior of the church is beautiful. Although I am often in St. Eustache I have never been inside this church. Vieux St. Eustache is such an interesting place.

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  17. jesh stg says:

    The ceiling of this church is ingenious, and a beautifully coffered one. A church with bullet holes is better than an abandoned building! The history behind its scars is poignant – thanks for providing it for us:)

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  18. marianallen says:

    Naturally, the weathered door at the last was my favorite. The contrast between it and the grandeur of the rest of the structure touches me.

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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      Thanks Marian. That weathered one was a surprising discovery in a little corner halfway around the building. That’s why I try to go around the entire building when possible – you never know what treasure you’ll find 🙂

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  19. JT Twissel says:

    Beautiful woodwork! Coincidently I just watched a movie that was set in Canada at the time of the rebellions (Alias Grace)

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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      Thanks Jan.
      Is that based on the Atwood book? There’s a mini-series coming out on that soon too, or perhaps that’s what you saw. I’m looking forward to checking that out.


  20. Too bad. Saint
    Had no

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  21. Lynn says:

    What an interesting little piece of history Norm. As I was reading, I was think exactly what Joanne mentioned in her comment, history would have so much more interesting in school had they talked about some these kinds of historical events. How lovely it would be to sit in this beautiful space & listen to music!

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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      Thanks Lynn. Connecting to the past is always easier when you have something tangible or relevant in front of you. I got lucky in high school I guess; we had an incredibly engaging history teacher who helped us make that connection to the past. I’ve been fascinated by history ever since 🙂

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  22. amoralegria says:

    Norm, I really enjoy reading your narratives about the history of the places you photograph. This was no exception! I am envisioning a road trip back to the province of Quebec to see some of these places!

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  23. So beautiful, and you had me at history. A great story.
    I have often wanted to ask you, what gave you the idea to use doors as your theme?

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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      Thank you! Since taking up photography in 2009 I’ve always noticed doors, mostly for the architectural/design aspect, though. I hadn’t thought of them as a theme on their own.
      It was a prompt from another Montreal photography blogger that got me started posting my doors as a weekly theme.
      At one point she just stopped blogging and I just kept it going. Eventually I made it into a link-up event and the rest as they say, is history.

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  24. Sherry Felix says:

    Excellent read. Love the last door with the old stonework.

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  25. Joanne Sisco says:

    What a wonderful piece of history, Norm. Studying the Rebellion of 1836-37 as a child would have been so much more interesting if it was injected with these bits of information.

    Can you imagine attending a concert of a symphony orchestra in that church? Wow.
    … and the towers on the church!! Gorgeous!

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  26. Gorgeous place, Norm. Lovely way to start my morning. The bullet holes, et al reminds me of a church in Normandy where there were bullet holes from German fire.


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  27. slfinnell says:

    My youngest is a member of our local Symphony. These are the places she dreams of playing 🙂

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  28. Murphy's Law says:

    This church is magnificent! The beauty of the workmanship is awesome. Great history lesson. I actually like all the doors, but you saved the best for last. —-Ginger—-

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  29. Really a beautiful place, Norm. I love the coffered ceilings and the carved pews. Now it seems serene and peaceful. Very interesting history.

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  30. Dan Antion says:

    Stone church. Beautiful interior. Storied history and I love that last little door. You touched all the bases today, Norm. I like the picture looking back. The double-level loft in the back really helps give a sense of the grand scale of this building. Excellent doors post!

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  31. joey says:

    Ah, what a beautiful place! Your shot of the front of it is wonderful, but the inside nearly took my breath away! I loved that bit, “a place that had seen such ruthless violence 180 years ago, helps make beautiful music today” — that’s a lovely sentiment.
    And of course, great doors!

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