The Sailors’ Church


Originally uploaded by Kenn Chaplin

 

La Chapelle Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours (loosely translated as Chapel of Our Lady of Safe-keeping), known as The Sailors’ Church, backs down the hill towards the edge of Montréal’s Old Port on the St. Lawrence River.

It is almost as striking from the rear with the large statue of Mary greeting sailors and newcomers on the water’s edge to Montréal for nearly two-and-a-half centuries.

As Québec has become much more secular, collectively fleeing the Roman Catholic Church, old church buildings serve as museums which, in this case, is very appropriate given its long history.