VIEW-1190 | Notre Dame Church, Montreal, QC, about 1890

Notre Dame Church, Montreal, QC, about 1890
William Notman (1826-1891)
About 1890, 19th century
Silver salts on glass - Gelatin dry plate process
25 x 20 cm
Purchase from Associated Screen News Ltd.
© McCord Museum
Keywords:  Architecture (8646) , Photograph (77678) , religious (1331)
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The interior of Notre Dame Church in 1890. Recently refurbished, the interior of this church, dating from 1829, was inspired by the flamboyant Gothic style of the 1200s in France. This masterpiece, which was perfectly in keeping with the Victorian spirit, was admired by all foreign visitors, including Protestants, in 1890.

Notre Dame Church is one of a kind, but is only one of the many great Montreal churches of the period. Since the archdiocese had obtained permission from Rome to break with its old mother parish, the number of Catholic churches had increased dramatically, both for Francophones and Irish Anglophones. Protestant communities were very present in the city, but their most opulent churches were located in the wealthy Golden Mile (today's downtown). In total, Montreal had more Protestant churches in 1890 than Catholic. There were also three synagogues for Montreal's Jews. In spite of differences, Montreal society at the end of the 19th century, as it went through the dramatic changes of industrialization, was turning enthusiastically to God and the Bible.

Source: Virtual Exhibition Urban Life through Two Lenses