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Churches on Ste-Catherine Street E. – Downtown Montréal
Ste-Catherine street is the main tourist and shopping destination in downtown Montréal. The part west of Boulevard St. Laurent is where all the interesting stuff starts.
The eastern part has traditionally been less glamorous and somewhat grittier.
On a recent visit to that part of downtown we decided to head east and stumbled upon a few old churches that had totally slipped from my memory.
Église Unie St-Jean (St. John’s United Church) is one of the city’s rare French language Protestant churches that has been serving its community since 1841.
Without my wide angle lens it was impossible to get a shot the entire building from the sidewalk. Parked vehicles on both sides of the street made crossing the street to try from there well…pointless.
The building and the main door could use some TLC, but I did like the way the door is cut into the corner of the building.
Heading further east we found this little gem: Notre-Dame-de-Lourdes Chapel
Built between 1873 and 1882 this Catholic church sits on the edge of the city’s Latin Quarter.
The main exterior feature is its nine-foot tall bronze statue of the Virgin Mary covered in gold leaf. If was originally installed in 1904 and lovingly restored exactly 100 years later.
With the late morning sun glowing off her back, she sure is a sight to behold.
I’ve been in this building a few times some years ago, and wanted to go in again to capture some of the beauty of the interior but alas, it was not open to the public on the Monday morning when we were there – perhaps another visit is in order.
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