Cathedrale Marie Reine du Monde, Montreal

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1085 Rue de la Cathédrale, Montréal, QC H3B 2V3 +1 514-866-1661

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    Cathédrale Marie-Reine-du-Monde

    by GracesTrips Updated Aug 19, 2014

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    This beautiful old church is located in downtown Montréal. A little out of place but at the same time a reminder of the city's historical past. Located across the street from the Fairmont Queen Elizabeth Hotel and the Bonaventure metro station.

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    Marie Reine du Monde-replica of St. Peters

    by GentleSpirit Updated Feb 26, 2013

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    At first glance Mary Queen of the World looks very impressive. You have to think it would look much more impressive were it not in the middle of so many skyscrapers in downtown Montreal. It is a beautiful church, a small scale replica of St Peter's in Rome.

    It is the seat of the Roman Catholic archdiocese of Montreal and the third largest in the Province (after St Joseph's Oratory and St Anne de Beaupre). It was built to replace the existing Cathedral that burned down. It was consecrated in 1894 as St James Cathedral and renamed in 1955.

    I walked through the Cathedral on my first full day in Montreal, it was beautifully light and airy. It is a beautiful Cathedral, no doubt. In terms of detail, I'm not sure how faithful a replica of St. Peter's it is, but it is sure is a nice contrast with the mainly English churches in the neighborhood. Many of the main elements of St Peters are replicated but the interior is by no means nearly as ornamented or rich. It sure would have been something if they had tried to replicate the Piazza in front of St Peter's here!

    Visits
    M-F 7am-6:15 pm
    Weekends- 7:30 am to 6:15 pm

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    Cathedrale Marie-Reine Du Monde

    by pieter_jan_v Updated Sep 16, 2009

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    The Cathedrale Marie-Reine Du Monde design was started in 1852, construction in 1875 and the new church was consecrated in 1894 as Saint-James Cathedral. The building was a replacement for the former Saint-Jacques Cathedral which had burned down.

    The shape of the church was taken from the Saint Peter's Basilica in Rome.

    The church is is the seat of the Roman Catholic archdiocese of Montréal.

    Visiting hours:
    Mo - Fr: 7AM - 6.15PM
    Sa - Su: 7.30AM - 6.15PM

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    Marie Reine du Monde

    by mikey_e Written Sep 1, 2009

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    The Basilique Marie Reine du Monde or Mary Queen of the World Basilica is one of Montréal's premiere European-inspired architectural attractions. A huge Basilica, it is the seat of the Archdiocese for the city. The original name of the Cathedral-Basilica was Saint James, as that was the name of the Parish, but it was changed to Mary Queen of the World in 1955. Work began in 1875 and was only completed in 1894; it took nearly 20 years to actually get work started, as the Cardinal who requested its construction wanted to have a scale model of St. Peter's in Rome, and the architectural plans for the church were repeated rejected on the grounds that such a project was not feasible. The Basilica is truly impressive, as it bears almost no resemblance to any similar Cathedral in North America. The interior of wholly European, a marked change from the Anglican and Protestant churches slightly farther north of the Basilica along Ste. Catherine. The cavernous interior has ornate decoration, with a large seating section and a huge altar. Unfortunately, I came during mass and was unable to really take pictures of the interior, but the presence of the priest at the altar and the worshipers provides a memorable sight that adds to the impression left by this massive temple.

    Marie Reine du Monde through the fog Fa��ade of the Cathedral-Basilica Statue of Mgr. Bourdet Fa��ade from a different angle
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    Mary, Queen of the World Cathedral

    by freddie18 Updated Nov 24, 2006

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    Welcome to the Queen of Queen - Mary, Queen of the World Cathedral in Montreal, the third largest church in Quebec, Canada. It is a replica of St Peter's Basilica in Rome.

    Statues lined along its top are of Montreal's own patron saints. You will see inside a neo-baroque baldachin that overlooks the altar.

    A guided tour is offered if you are visiting the cathedral during summer. Admission is FREE

    For yor convenience, the opening hours of the churdh is as follows:
    Monday to Friday - 7:00AM to 7:30PM
    Saturday - 7:30AM to 8:30PM
    Sunday - 8:30AM to 7:30PM

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    THE DOME

    by RafaelTheSecond Written Jun 21, 2006

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    In the Barroc church the more beautiful the ceiling is, the more fascinating is the entrance to Heavens...Montreal has no barroc churches but it seems that they seemed to agree with this point of view!

    Montreal has strong tradition and Montreal has history! Not so old as we are used here in South America but they do have a HISTORY!;) Fascinating one by the way!;)

    February 2006

    This is a HUGE CATHEDRAL!;) BY RTL!

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    WHEN YOU GET INSIDE!!!!

    by RafaelTheSecond Written Jun 21, 2006

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    WOW....By visiting that cathedral I realize how ridiculous the Cathedral of Rio de Janeiro is...But anyway, it was just an historical mistake that I hope one day they can trully correct it. anyway, this is the temple of meditation in Canada, this is the silence of Montreal's soul, this is where my soul looks for a warm shelter in such a freezing canadian winter!

    Quebec is cold, but it can be warm not only in the summer, but in this brave spirit of its people!

    February 2005

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    HOLY MARY IS HAPPY IN CANADA

    by RafaelTheSecond Written Jun 21, 2006

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    Actually Her address is in the beautiful province of quebec, in a very funny town called Montreal. I was there and found this majestic cathedral which in english they call Mary Queen of the World Cathedral, but for the Montrealers (great friends I have there!) they simply know this incredible church as Cathédrale Marie-Reine-du-Monde.

    One architect called Victor Bourgeau designed the church in august 1870 but only in 1894, people could enter in the church...and when they just cross the door, you will see next!!!

    February 2005

    I am proud to be in the city, MONTREAL IS FABULOUS

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    Mary Queen of the World Cathedral

    by davidlop Updated Jun 16, 2006

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    This reduced size (four times smaller) version of the St. Peters church at the Vatican city in Rome is amazing. Although the building seems strict and simple at the outside, don't miss the inside! (Have a picture on my traveloge). For me, the most beautiful I saw in Montréal.

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    A small replica of St. Peter: Marie-Reine-du-Monde

    by Laura_Mexico Updated Jun 13, 2006

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    This cathedral -- Marie-Reine-du-Monde -- was intended to be a small replica of St. Peter's Basilica, in the Vatican. Of course this little church is about 1/4 of St. Peter's size, but it's still nice to visit and one of the main catholic churches in town where important masses are held. And, as opposed to the Notre Dame Basilica, you don't have to pay to go inside and admire this building! LOL.

    The church is located across the street from a small park where you can also sit down and relax while you admire the exterior/facade. The architecture is really beautiful.

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    The magnificent interior of the Cathedral

    by Laura_Mexico Updated Jun 13, 2006

    Here you may see the beautiful interior of the Marie-Reine-du-Monde cathedral.... As you can appreciate in the picture, the dark altar in the middle is a perfect replica of St. Peter's, although quite smaller!

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    The cathedral-Basilica of Mary Queen of the World

    by musbars Written May 21, 2006

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    The cathedral-Basilica of Mary Queen of the World and St. James the Greater as it stands today, is the result of the carefully laid plans of the most Reverend Ignace-Bourget, second Bishop of Montreal (1840-1885).
    The cathedral began its liturgial life in 1894.
    Located right in downtown area.

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    Mary Queen of the World

    by juniperjune Written Jan 7, 2006

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    The Cathedral-Basilica Mary Queen of the World is a reproduction of St. Peter’s in Rome. It covers about one quarter of the area of St. Peter’s. The replica of the Vatican basilica symbolizes the union between the Church in Canada and the Holy See.
    You must see Berninis’ Baldacchino. It is made of red copper, made by hand. It is decorated with gold leaf. It was completed in Rome in 1900.
    You will see relics throughout the church. In the reliquary, beneath the alter there is a wax figure containing the remains of Saint Zotique, a martyr.
    The walls and floors are made of Italian Marble and mosaics. In the center of the Bishop’s Mortuary Chapel stands Bishop Bourget’s tomb, a work of art made in Rome.

    Mary Queen of the World - side view Mary Queen of the World Berninis Baldacchino The Bishop's Mortuary Chapel
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    Cathedrale-Basilique Marie-Reine-du-Monde

    by Blatherwick Updated Dec 24, 2005

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    Cathedrale Basilique Marie Reine du Monde (Cathedral of Mary, Queen of the World) was built from 1875 to 1894 under the directions of Bishop Ignace Bourget. It is meant to be a scaled down version of St. Peter's Basilica in Rome. The statues standing on the roofline represent patron saints of the region.

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    Altar magic

    by acemj Updated May 16, 2004

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    A copy of Bernini's altar graces the front of Mary Queen of the World Cathedral. I've seen the original in Rome's St. Peter's Cathedral and there is certainly a difference in size and scope, but this one in Montreal is nonetheless a delicate work of art.

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