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.
Mo - Fr: 7AM - 6.15PM
Sa - Su: 7.30AM - 6.15PM
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.
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.
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.
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.
No, you are not seeing double- the Cathédrale-Basilique Marie-Reine-du-Monde is a scaled-down, but exact replica of St. Peter's Basilica in Rome. It was built as an honor to the Vatican in the late 19th Century, and now adds a touch of Rome to the downtown neighborhood.
This cathedral built in 1894 is the cities largest Catholic cathedral. One of the main features are the ornate statutes along the roof.
This beautiful architectural monument is located in the heart of downtown. Its size and architectural detail are very impressive.
The Marie-Reine-Du-Monde cathedral is a church based on Saint-Pierre Basilica in Rome. Builted between 1878 and 1885, the cathedral is made of stone with a copper roof.