Église Saint Norbert, Lanaudière, Québec
Yes, another rural church found during a country drive in early spring here in the Lanaudière region northeast of Montréal.
The original church built entirely of wood at a cost of $550 was erected on this site in 1846.
With our harsh winters wood structures don’t weather well and by 1868 the first church was already in danger of collapse.
In hopes of obtaining the funds for a new church an appeal was launched to get the Archbishop of Montreal at the time, Monsignor Ignace Bourget, to pay Saint Norbert’s a visit.
When Iggy showed up it didn’t take him long to see that the parishioners concerns were legit, and he then set things in motion to start raising the funds throughout the region, to build a proper, sturdy stone structure on the same site.
With plans drawn up and the funds in hand, local stone-masons, carpenters, and other tradesmen were hired.
Construction began in July of 1875 and the new church was opened in October 1877.
No arguing with anyone who says that the doors on this one are nothing to write home about, but put a beautiful old stone church in a country setting and I will stop to photograph it every time 😉
These old heavy-duty spring-loaded yet decorative hinges caught my eye as well.
As did this nest for some temporary residents looking for a bit of shelter from the elements. I thought it seemed like a very fitting additional vocation for this place 🙂
As always I thank you for stopping in 🙂