The Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours Chapel is heavenly

published on August 20, 2019
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Montréal is loved the world over for its unique blend of past, present and future, and in a city of eye-popping sights, the Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours Chapel is one of the city’s most prized architectural beauties. Beloved for its iconic rooftop statues looking over towards the St. Lawrence River, the Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours has opened its doors as one of Montréal’s most unforgettable event spaces.

A grand old dame of Montréal

Nicknamed the “Sailor’s Church,” Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours Chapel is one of Montréal’s oldest places of worship, immortalized by Leonard Cohen’s eternal ‘Suzanne’ with the lines:

            And the sun pours down like honey
           On our lady of the harbour

Inspired by the view over the water and clocktower on Quai de l’Horloge, Cohen’s lovelorn ode to Montréal has made the chapel a de rigeur stop for his fans visiting the city. But the church has always been a place of pilgrimage, in particular for those working on the water who found solace in the twin angels and Our Lady of the Harbour perched atop the highest dome with arms outstretched. And as far as locations go, this gem of Old Montréal is hard to beat.

Bursting with beauty – and possibilities

From May 15 to October 15 annually, the Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours Chapel opens up the Sailors’ Chapel, built in 1874, for intimate gatherings with a view. Featuring a lookout at level with the chapel’s angels, it’s the perfect spot to leave a lasting impression – the sunset views over Parc Jean-Drapeau, Old Montréal, the St. Lawrence River and Jacques-Cartier Bridge are priceless.

And during the annual Loto-Québec International Fireworks Competition each Wednesday and Saturday in July, the chapel offers a three-part evening experience including cocktails, an exclusive tour into the 18th century stone crypt and a look at the 2,400 years of history of the Bonsecours archaeological site. The evening culminates with an unbeatable view of the fireworks, and is open to groups of 8-20 guests. Montréal’s nighttime vistas look even better from up here – positively heavenly, we’d say!

For more information and booking, contact Marc-Antoine Tanguay Huard at math@marguerite-bourgeoys.com.

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