VIEW-1317.0 | Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours Chapel, St. Paul Street, Montreal, QC, about 1884

 
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Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours Chapel, St. Paul Street, Montreal, QC, about 1884
Wm. Notman & Son
1930-1950, 20th century
Silver salts on film (safety) - Gelatin silver process
17 x 12 cm
Purchase from Associated Screen News Ltd.
VIEW-1317.0
© McCord Museum
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Keywords:  Architecture (8646) , Cityscape (3948) , Photograph (77678) , religious (1331) , streetscape (1737)
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In 1884, like today, Bonsecours Church draws tourists because of the picturesque site and the elegance of the nearby Bonsecours Market. The church, which dates from 1773 and was rebuilt after a fire, still had in 1884 the look of a little church in New France.

A place of pilgrimage in the 17th century, it became a place of worship for Anglophone Catholics and, in 1848, was given official status as a pilgrimage chapel. From 1886 to 1894, radical changes were made to the church: new frescoes inside, substantial additions and monumental sculptures on the outside. This work was a reflection of the wave of religious zeal that swept Quebec at the end of the century. This spiritual fervour perhaps helped the Protestant and Catholic communities to deal with the upheaval in human values caused by industrialization, but it is also true that the Catholic religion lends itself particularly well to expressions of collective devotion, such as pilgrimages.

Source: Urban Life through Two Lenses (Consult the See Also box on this page)