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!
M-F 7am-6:15 pm
Weekends- 7:30 am to 6:15 pm
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
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.
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.
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.
This church is a replica of St-Peter in Rome at the third of the scale. The inside is a mastercraft and the outside is imposing.
The archbishop of Montreal is the leader of Montreal's catholic church and is practicing his ministery in this cathedral.
Built in the late19th Century (between 1870 and 1894), it is a 1/3 scaled version of Saint Peter"s Basilica in Rome. The 13 statues atop the basilica are the patron Saints of Montreal.