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Notre-Dame-des-Victoires Church
Quebec City and surrounding
Architecture,  Temples, Churches
Architecture, 
Temples, Churches

The historic center of Quebec is like a large wooden chest where kings and nobles hid their treasures. Among necklaces, pendants, and crowns, all ornate and pompous, you can sometimes find small inconspicuous things. Sure, these were the dearest to their owners. Likewise, the gray stone church in the middle of Royal Square (Place Royale) in Old Quebec City, a seemingly unremarkable structure, could easily get lost among the centuries-old mansions, if not for the ancient history that began in the 17th century.

The construction of the Catholic church began in 1687 and lasted for 36 years. Remarkably, the construction site of the city temple was the former home of the French traveler and founder of Quebec, Samuel de Champlain. The church received its name Notre-Dame-des-Victoires to honor the victory over English troops in the legendary Battle of Quebec in 1690. Before that, the humble abode had been consecrated in honor of Baby Jesus.

Despite numerous destructive battles, the medieval church managed to survive until now. The building was particularly severely damaged during the bombing before the battle in 1759, but by 1816 it was almost completely restored. The final restoration of the church was led by the famous Canadian architect, sculptor, and artist Francois Baillairge in 1916. It is to him that the world owes the restoration of the original church facades.

Today, the still-functioning Catholic Notre-Dame-des-Victoires Church is the oldest temple in North America and a National Historic Site of Canada. The small, modest pearl of Royal Square has been attracting tourists from all over the world for a long time and continues to serve the Catholics of Quebec faithfully. Besides, there are several other famous local attractions close to the church. On one side, there is the famous Quebec City Mural, a vast canvas depicting historical characters. On the other is the oldest stone staircase in Quebec, dated to the 17th century.

Address: 32 Rue Sous le Fort

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