The early 20th century basilica replaced an older one that burned down. It's located about 20 miles east of Quebec city and is a place of pilgrimage. Saint Anne is known for healing and there are many cases of people that were healed after praying to Saint Anne who was the mother of Mary and who is the patron saint of Quebec.
In 1658, a few acres was donated to the church for a chapel. Miracles started happening while the chapel was being built and continued. The chapel was enlarged into a basilica eventually, welcoming thousands and thousands of pilgrims every year. In 1922 the basilica burned down and the present one was started soon after, taking about 20 years to complete.
The basilica is really very nice inside, with high arches and scenes from the life of Saint Anne throughout in stained glass and paintings. Downstairs, there is the arched ceilinged chapel of Immaculate Conception, lights reflecting off the blues and golds on the arches. There are little mosaics on the corners of the pillars and posts.
The church is completely accessible with a lift and ramps. Across the road is a large field for camping in season. On the hill behind the church is a memorial chapel with stations of the cross and a set of stairs that pilgrims often climb.
Even if you aren't there to do a pilgrimage, or are overly religious, this is a beautiful basilica to visit.
There's now a large plaza in front of the church with a fountain. There are touristy type b uildings around it, with restaurants and gift shops and there's a museum as well.
We visited Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré basilica in May 2011. The first basilica was destroyed by fire in 1922, so the current basilica dates back to 1923.
This wonderful basilica amazed me, I had not expected it to be so grand. We had been looking for it, could it be this one, could it be this one? But when we saw it without a doubt we knew that this was Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré basilica. It is magnificent, both from the outside and from the inside.
It is dedicated to Jesus´s grandmother Anne and miracles happen here, you can see a lot of crutches and canes which people have left behind. And a lot of images of Anne and series of mosaic which are dedicated to her. Anne is the Patron Saint of sailors and Native Indians.
Pilgrims gather at the foot of the beautiful statue of Anna (see my 4th photo). Behind it is the Chapel of St. Anne.
I so recommend visiting this basilica and its surroundings.
Saint Anne´s Feast Day is celebrated on July 26 and a lot of people attend, crowds of people from all over the world, I was told, and a lot of Native Indians attend as well, as Saint Anne is their Patron Saint. And a million people visit the basilica every year.
There is a church store where you can get holy water and buy crosses etc, which you can then ask a priest/munk? to bless for you as you leave the store. By the store there you enter into the blessing office, where the priest/munk gives his blessings, and I can say that it was powerful, so I do recommend doing that.
This tip is on the upper floor of the basilica, my next tip is on the lower floor of the basilica.
I add more photos of the basilica in a travelogue here.
Beside the basilica by The Way of the Cross there is a chapel, The Memorial Chapel, built in 1876, in which there are quite a few objects from the first church which stood here. It was built on the site of the third church which stood here for 200 years, from 1676-1876. It is quite a humble chaple, but beautiful. Many of the things/objects have been moved from here to the Museum of Sainte Anne, to preserve them better, and copies are now in this chapel.
In front of the chapel there is Sainte Anne´s spring and one can get water from it in the shrine store.
Beside the basilica across the street on your left hand side there is The Way of the Cross, bronze statues, along the hillside, depicting Jesus being accused, him holding the Cross, being beaten, walking up the hillside to Golgata where he was cruzified, gradually, painfully leading us up this hillside by his side - "to the very heart of our faith", as it says in the Visitor´s guide.
I love Jesus with all my heart and I started walking up the hillside, but I couldn´t carry on, it was way too painful and emotional. My friends went to the shrine store and did not notice The Way of the Cross as it is beside the basilica. I am glad I found it, and am grateful to those who made this, to remind us of the importance of The Way to the Cross.
We entered here at the lower floor of the basilica as we were travelling with a person in a wheelchair. I was blown away by the lower floor, it is a Chapel dedicated to Mary and even if that is a chapel and nothing like the upper floor, but then I am a Protestant and not used to decorated churches. It is just awesome, the paintings and everything. And such magnificent mosaics and paintings.
There is an sculpture in this chapel, the Pietá, which is an exact replica of Michelangelo´s work. On the lower floor there is also the tomb of Father Pampalon, who is the patron of drug addicts, declared so by the Pople in 1991.
In another room to the left of the chapel there was sculpture/painting, where you could hold Jesus´s hand, I would have loved to do so, but it was occupied.
It was a totally religious experience visiting this bastilla.
We went there with a friend of us, whose ancestor, Étienne de Lessard, 10 generations ago in 1659, gave the land to build the first chapel dedicated to Saint Anne.
Like all good European cities, Quebec has a church to see. While the Cathedral (seat of the Cardinal) is in Montreal proper, the Basilica (place to go to for a pilgramage) is well outside the city. As I said, a typical "quebec country" bus tour will go to the Basilica.
It reminded me a lot of the Washington National Cathedral, in that it is big, much cleaner than it's European counterparts, and quiet. The falling snow and darkness might have helped with that effect.
This beautifull basilica (whose construction ended in the 70's) is a very popular pilgrimage place. You can see a reliq of St-Anne, Jesus's grand-mother. (It's her arm) I'm not too much into religious things but It's a place I show all visitors that come to Quebec because it's very beautifull.
Here is the famous Sainte Anne Beaupre Basilica. This beautiful church is located on Quebec Route 138 about 30 km or 20 miles north of Quebec City. Legend has it that sick and injured people come to this basilica and got healed. Many Catholics make a pligrimage to this spot.
Watch the magnificant 'Saint Mary holding Jesus' statue at Saint Ann De Beaupre Basilica Quebec City.
Visit the 'Saint Ann De Beaupre' minor Basilica and Mont Saint Ann, North of Quebec City.
This Cathedral has a great architecture, it was built in 1893.