Thursday Doors – May 31, 2018

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Basilica of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré – Québec City Region (Part 1)

Driving on highway 138 along the shores of the Saint Lawrence River about 30 kms (19 mi) east of Québec City you’ll find the Basilica of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré.

Named for the patron saint of Québec, the building on historic Avenue Royale a.k.a. la Route de la Nouvelle-France sits on the same site as the very first chapel built there by the first French settlers in 1658.

I spent several hours visiting this amazing place, taking so many interesting shots that it will take a few posts to cover the entire thing.

This week I thought we’d cover the exterior doors, and then look at the inside as well as some of the out-buildings another time.

Built in the shape of a cross, the current Romanesque Revival church’s construction started in 1926, with work on the interior done in fits and starts during the great depression, and final completion some time in 1946 after the end World War II.

The Basilica is roughly 100 metres (300 ft) tall, from the floor to the top of the bell towers. About 60 metres (180 ft) at its widest point and close to 100 metres (300 ft) long. With a seating capacity of almost 1600 faithful it is one of the largest religious buildings in Canada.

The Basilica is world renowned by faithful Catholics as a place of miracles. Two of the columns inside the church are adorned with crutches, canes, and prosthetic devices left there and no longer needed by stricken pilgrims cured of their afflictions through visiting and praying here.

Due to this popularity the Basilica receives over 500,000 international pilgrims each year, and well over 2 million tourists and curious gawkers like myself 😉

For fans of art and architecture one of the main attractions of the Basilica are the hand-carved copper main doors.

According to their website the panels in these doors depict many scenes of the life of Jesus.

This exceptional work of art was created by local Québec artist Albert Gilles and were originally hanging on the St. Joseph Church in Quebec City in the 1950’s.

The three double doors alone represent over 12 months of work. After the closing of St. Joseph’s in 2003, Albert Gille’s masterpiece was given a second life when it was transferred to Saint-Anne-de-Beaupré to the benefit of pilgrims and tourists alike.

Next week we’ll take a look at the inside of this wonderful structure but in the meantime let’s finish our tour of the outside.

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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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80 Responses to Thursday Doors – May 31, 2018

  1. Val says:

    Wow! That’s… just wow! I love the intricateness (is that a word?) of the work in the doors. Beautiful!

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  2. Mama Cormier says:

    I’ve made this trip many times when I taught middle school. The copper doors weren’t there when we visited. Beautiful.

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  3. jesh stg says:

    I did look at the link you sent me, and it reminded me on wood engraving. Hubby looked at the doors, and he was impressed:)

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  4. Pistachios says:

    Those copper doors really are incredible! Copper doesn’t seem to be a very common door making material, though… I generally only see it used for kitchen wares and trimmings!
    I’ll be back next week to see the interior photos 😉

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  5. What a stunning church! Those copper doors are exquisite. I’m looking forward to the inside doors but I can’t imagine they would be any more beautiful.

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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      Spoiler Alert: you’re right, none of the interior doors even come close to these copper beauties but I did get lots of nice shots from the inside that will be worth a look 🙂

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  6. You find the most magnificent buildings, Norm. And doors, too.

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  7. beautiful church and I love those copper doors.

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  8. Amazing doors, Norm. They almost converted me from red ones – almost. 🙂

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  9. Ohhhhh, it’s gorgeous, and those copper doors are stunning! I’m looking forward to the next post about this Cathedral!

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  10. Beautiful Basilica and stunning doors! You gave us a real treat this week, Norm.

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  11. First, thanks for taking us along so we could gawk too because those doors should not be missed. The canes left by the pilgrims are quite a moving shot. But, the first photo in the post is a winner with the statue in the foreground and the church in the background. Good photography skills, Norm. 🙂

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  12. Aimer Boyz says:

    Those brass doors are exceptional 🙂

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  13. Wow. Words to describe the Basilica of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré – grand, majestic, magnificent, and awe-inspiring. The doors are exquisite and truly a work of art. Thanks for sharing.

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  14. joey says:

    Magnificent! And FINALLY a place I remember visiting all those years ago! I may still even have a photo somewhere! (Disclaimer: Not a good photo. More like five bad photos that when all put together somewhat resemble a surrealistic version of a sorta half-decent photo.)
    Anyway, GRAND! Thanks for sharing!

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  15. Andrea R Huelsenbeck says:

    Lovely church, beautifully photographed.

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  16. slfinnell says:

    The testimonies of healing sure gets ya in the feels! Wonderful post!

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  17. JT Twissel says:

    It’s just amazing how many beautiful churches there are up there. Can’t beat those copper doors. Thanks for getting the closeup of the detail.

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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      Thanks Jan. Yes there sure are a lot of churches here. IN fact Mark Twain once joked after returning from a trip to Montreal that is was the only place he’d ever visited where one couldn’t throw a rock without breaking a church window 😉

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  18. prior.. says:

    Hi Norm – I am so glad that you are taking a few posts to cover the beauty here – what a great Basilica.
    and the canes and miracles story reminded of an episode of the former Drama-comedy show called Monk – where everyone brings their canes and crutches to be healed from fountain water outside the church.
    I wonder if one of the writers of that episode saw Basilica of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré.

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  19. jesh stg says:

    It looks like the sculpted relief above the side door, is the same as the with the front door! Wow you found a treasure! And the copper doors are exquisite! Would like to talk to the artist to learn his technique. You discovered a treasure with this church. Like especially the detail of the crutches, etc. – it tells me that they still believe in healing:)

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  20. Amy says:

    That church is a beauty!! I love all of the architectural detailing. And then those copper doors…!!! Magnificent series. Can’t wait to see the rest Norm! 🙂

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  21. Ooo, what a treasure-chest! Those copper doors! 😮 I can’t believe you have never been here before. How far is it from you? I bet you’d throw the crutches away too after walking so far! 😀

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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      Thank Manja. It’s about a 3-1/2 hour drive from where we live. We’ve been up to Quebec City often enough though so no excuses, we just always had other things to see and do. Now of course, I wish I’d visited sooner 😀

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  22. At first, I thought the cathedral was going to be the main deal, but those gorgeous doors at the end of your post were magnificent.

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  23. willowdot21 says:

    Absolutely glorious 💜

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  24. Tara says:

    Wow. Fancy. 🙂

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  25. Ruth says:

    Those copper doors are awesome! And wouldn’t it be great if interesting buildings put signs up that said ‘Curious gawkers welcome’ 🙂

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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      No signs to that effect but gawkers are certainly made to feel welcome. I was in the visitors centre in a separate building enquiring about guided tours. When the lady at the counter noticed my camera she suggested I hurry inside if I wanted to take pics because I only had about 30 minutes before the next mass and photographer is not permitted during services. This was so nice and helpful of her.

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  26. Really nice copper work.

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  27. Suzanne says:

    I visited this church on my first trip to Canada over ten years ago. One does not forget its commanding presence, or those copper doors. Your photos have prompted some special memories from a beautiful place and time. Thanks!

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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      Thanks Suzanne. I’m glad it brought back fond memories for you.
      Hey I think my comments on your blog are getting caught by the WordPress spam filter.
      To release me from spam prison just go to the “comments” section from the “Admin” dashboard and check under “Spam” or “Pending”. I suspect you’ll find a few of my comments in there. Once you approve me it shouldn’t happen again.
      Cheers 🙂

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  28. Sherry Felix says:

    Very impressive building and doors. The white ones not so fancy. I guess that entrance is for deliveries.

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  29. Jackie says:

    I haven’t been there since 1989!! I wonder if I have any photos since it was pre-digital???

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  30. LucciaGray says:

    Spectacular doors and buildings this week, Norm! Great photos, too.
    Mine seem so mundane by their side 😦

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  31. Dan Antion says:

    This is an amazing building, Norm. I love those panel doors, but the overall structure is awe inspiring. I really liked the way the hand rails at the one entrance project from the building, without support from below. The picture looking up at the main entrance is very good. I like the composition a lot.

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  32. Joanne Sisco says:

    I’ve been to Ste-Anne’s several times over the years – as a tourist, not a pilgrim 😉 It seems every time I’ve gone, I’ve noticed something I hadn’t seen before. Those doors are magnificent and I find I’m drawn to them each time we stop.
    I don’t think I have a single photo of our trips, so I’ll just have to ‘surf my memories’ looking at yours!

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  33. scooj says:

    A stunning building and truly magnificent doors. I always find it a bit peculiar, coming from the ‘old world’ to see such modern (relatively speaking) churches, basilicas and cathedrals constructed in ancient styles, and that there has been money available to do so.

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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      At times I find the unbridled opulence (especially with the Catholic church) to be borderline pornographic and knowing it was all paid for off the backs of the faithful makes my blood boil.
      On the flip side the devotion and dedication to their faith is what drove so many benefactors and artists to contribute many of the greatest works of art that humanity has ever seen.

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  34. weejars says:

    Oh those panel doors 😍😍😍

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  35. What about windows? Allowing us a point of view to the outside.

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