Large stories we heard from our guide, about this 19th century church.
Problems with structure and steeple weight, sinking soil, and finally the construction of the underground and neighbor tower, that forced to hold the entire building in the air, while excavating below it.
Well, don't expect me to keep the details. They are available at wikipedia, with more accuracy than the guide's coloured descriptions.
Christ Church Cathedral is largely noticeable because of its placement: in between various shopping malls and skyscrapers. Nevertheless, this Anglican church is an example of the city's neo-Gothic heritage, courtesy of the large Anglican community that inhabited the city centre. It was built during the 1850s and consecrated in the 1860s, serving the city's commercial and political circles, most of whom were of British rather than French extraction. The church has an interesting interior, although the impression of the vaults and the cavernous church is ruined by the numerous homeless people and beggars who congregate in and around the church. The stained glass is likely quite impressive - unfortunately I was in Montreal on a rainy afternoon and deprived of the effect. The church lends its name to the Promenade de la Cathedrale shopping centre - in the 1980s the Anglican church permitted the construction of a high rise and underground shopping on its lands, helping to expand the city's underground pathway system.
The Christ Church Cathedral is a neo-Gothic building, designed by Frank Wills and completed in 1859.
The building is located in the busy shopping area of Ste. Catherine Street.
The big office building at the back is build on land that belongs to the church and the owners pay a rent too the church.
In order to not be outdone by the the French Catholics, the English built this Anglican Cathedral in 1857. The church is now surrounded by skyscrapers .