Thursday Doors – June 13, 2019

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 your link in the comments below, anytime between Thursday morning and Saturday noon (North American eastern time). 

Église Saint Cuthbert, Lanaudière, Québec

On a recent weekend drive through the countryside we visited the village of Saint Cuthbert in the Lanaudière region northeast of Montréal.

The royal proclamation giving the go-ahead to build a church in this rural farming area was signed in 1765.

As if this case so often in the our part of the world, the town was built up around the church.

Unfortunately I wasn’t able to find out too much about its history or construction, but it is fairly typical of the kind of huge stone church found in rural Québec, built bigger than the population of the entire town, with the intention of draw in worshipers from all over the region.

Here are some of my favorite shots from this doorscursion:

With its protective glass case causing so much reflective glare, it was almost impossible to get a decent shot of the wooden sculpture of the town and church’s namesake 😦

The neighbouring Rectory sure is some fancy-pants place to live.

And if anyone is interested, the old Seminary across from the church is being converted into a retirement home, though I think they’re gonna need to do something about those missing stairs 😉

As always I thank you for stopping in 🙂

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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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84 Responses to Thursday Doors – June 13, 2019

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  3. LifeAmazing says:

    Those stairs …. it’s like an optical illusion. I’m not sure if there are stairs or not.

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  4. Love the blue doors. That church is beautiful.

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  5. Love the church and seminary framed in against the blue skies and the lines in the rectory staircase are magnificent.

    Honestly, I’d prefer to live in the rectory rather than the seminary in my dotage …I just need to win the lottery and then I will move right in.

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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      Thanks Lisa. So sorry for the late reply. I’m with you on that rectory. I’d love to see the inside. I can only imagine the high ceilings, wood floors and moldings, fireplaces in every other room…sigh 🙂

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  6. Love the blue church doors!! Such a lovely shade.
    I’m just sharing one Door this week – or is it two?

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  7. TCast says:

    Loving the triple blue doors of the church, Norm. Here is mine for this week.

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  8. Lovely church and I love the three doors! Another great post, as always.
    Here’s my entry:

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  9. Lovely church but the Rectory is drop dead gorgeous! That retirement home will definitely need some stairs… and probably a ramp.

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  10. Yvonne says:

    I wouldn’t want to be the one to shovel the snow off the Rectory stairs! Those stone churches must have been a tad cold in the winter.

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  11. joey says:

    So many beautiful churches. So many, one could just walk around Quebec all, “L’eglise de la blah-blah-xieme” not that I would ever 😉 (Blah-blah-xieme is tradmarked tho, k? lol) The blue doors on the first one -merveilleux!

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  12. klara b says:

    Interesting facts. the size of the church and number of inhabitants is impressive.

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  13. slfinnell says:

    You have quite a capture in that first photo of the church! The lack of leaves really allowed a wonderful view.

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  14. JT Twissel says:

    The small town were my grandmother lived had a population of only about 400 but they had at least five churches. Back then it didn’t matter where you want to church as long as you went to church! Those are fine old buildings!

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  15. Great building for a retirement home, maybe they are going to put a lift in where the stairs is missing. I love the shot of the three slate/blue doors, fab colour, Norm.
    Here’s my contribution for this week;

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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      Thanks Jean. Yes they’re going to have figure out something to allow residents to access the upper floor and I doubt a ramp would be a good option.
      Sorry for the tardy reply 🙂

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  16. This is one grand church with splendid doors. Impressive photography!

    I have some Drama for you all but it doesn’t hurt. 🙂

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  17. Junieper2 says:

    So true, that is why every town in Holland a church, and the square around the church was the main square! Love the building with the white stairs, and also its tower!

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  18. Some very pretty old buildings! I am back to Thursday Doors this week with a post about another trip to Oregon:

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  19. Cee Neuner says:

    Most of my doors are classic, but with a twist. 😀 😀

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  20. jazzytower says:

    Love that first shot. All mighty. All that space around it. And that rectory sure is fancy, you’re right.
    Nice captures as always.


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  21. Tara says:

    Nice digs for the priests there. And I love the color of the church doors.

    My entry this week:

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  22. ghostmmnc says:

    Wonderful and interesting! Sure is a lot of steps leading up to the door! And, I like the side view – is that a cemetery there?
    Here’s my entry:

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  23. marianallen says:

    Those ARE some fancy-pants buildings! I feel sorry that St. Cuthbert has to live behind glass. I wonder if that’s to protect him from the elements or from vandals? I hope it’s the former. Many beautiful doors, and that iron gate is also a treasure! I visited a cat house this week:

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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      Thanks Marian and sorry for the tardy reply. I’m thinking the glass case is probably meant to save St. Cuthbert from the elements more than bored teenagers but hey, you never know 🙂


  24. nwatkins23 says:

    Here is my contribution to Thursday Doors for this week – also highlighting one building and lots of stone work.—part-2-(hart-house)/

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  25. Sheree says:

    Impressive doors and some lovely properties.

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  26. Dan Antion says:

    Wow – Norm, it’s hrd to know where to start. These are three beautiful buildings. I love the stone, and the entrance to the church is amazing. That’s going to be a lot of stairs for a retirement home. I hope they give them a lower entrance as well. The rectory would be an amazing place to live. Is the porch up that high because that’s how hight the snow gets to be?

    My post is over at

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  27. Lovely photos, but I found the rectory design puzzling. Is it normal for two-storey buildings in these parts to have a staircase outside? Unless this is meant to be two different flats, I hope there is also a staircase inside. Perhaps the design is a response to dampness in the ground, in which case it would be natural to use the upper floor as the main floor, and have the entrance take you up there.

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  28. scooj says:

    Those three arched doors are wonderful, very grand. Some more Bristol doors here:

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  29. dennyho says:

    Enjoyed your church doors today Norm! We’re on the same wavelength…

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  30. The parishioners always showed their devotion when these old churches were built

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  31. The church is lovely and the rectory is gorgeous. I love the stonework, the arches, and the porch of the rectory. Lovely post! =)

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  32. Su Leslie says:

    Not an impoverished parish then. Not saying the parishioners weren’t though.

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  33. Joanne Sisco says:

    I’m a little alarmed when you say this was a ‘recent’ weekend excursion. Where’s spring?!! The trees are still naked!!

    This style of church reminds me of the old church we had in my hometown … before they tore it down and built the 70s style modern thing that’s there now. I will always love the symmetry of the double tower design.

    The rectory is a mighty fine building. I wouldn’t mind claiming that one as my own 🙂

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