Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours Chapel, Montreal

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One of the city's oldest religious landmarks, Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours Chapel welcomed generations of sailors and settlers arriving at the port. The 18th-century stone church stands on the site of an earlier 17th-century chapel. In the 19th century, seafarers expressed their gratitude to Our Lady of Good Help by offering models of ships, hung in the interior of the chapel. Today, you can see the votive gifts in the adjacent museum, together with dolls made by nuns arranged to form 58 scenes from the life of St. Marguerite Bourgeoys--the patroness of the original chapel. Climb a narrow spiral staircase to get to the roof, which offers scenic views of the old town. For Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours Chapel and beyond, use our Montreal road trip app to get the most from your Montreal vacation.
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  • There are ticket machines in the station from which you can buy a disposable card and load it with 24 hr, 3 day, weekend or just one trip. There are only 4 lines so just decide which direction you....  more
    There are ticket machines in the station from which you can buy a disposable card and load it with 24 hr, 3 day, weekend or just one trip. There are only 4 lines so just decide which direction you....  more »
  • Full of interesting religious paintings about local historical events. Bonsecours Market is right next to it 
    Full of interesting religious paintings about local historical events. Bonsecours Market is right next to it  more »
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  • Montreal's oldest active historical structure is also an absolutely amazing window into the past, and provides spectacular views of the city. The "Sailors Church," is dedicated to seafarers, as seen by the little ships hanging in the chapel, and that connection to the water is at its heart. The chapel itself is pretty, with some beautiful statuary, but it's the Marguerite Bourgeoys Museum that gives true value to this destination. For a small fee you will learn about Canada's first female saint through some fascinating displays, and even better than that you get access to the bell tower where you can step outside to see breathtaking views of Old Montreal and the St Lawrence River. The crypt underneath the chapel provides more history to enjoy, and you can even access the active archaeological site under the church! The staff at the museum were amazing as well, and the tour of the dig site was fantastic. Easily the best $14 I spent in Montreal, and a stop highly recommended for all visitors!
  • This chapel is the smaller of two Notre-Dame churches in Old Montreal. It's a hidden gem that is often ignored by tourists and visitors of the old city. It didn't take me that much time to visit, but I came out impressed by the paintings hanging on its walls, its vaulted ceiling, ornate altar, stained glass windows, tiny ships that hang from the ceiling and much more. There's also a small museum that you can reach from inside the church. Definitely worth your while.

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