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"Mary, Queen of the World Cathedral-Basilica (1894)" Basilica/Church Tip by yooperprof

Basilica/Church, Montreal: 14 reviews and 18 photos

  But no Sistine Chapel. . .
by yooperprof

Favorite thing: The "Mary, Queen of the World" Cathedral-Basilica is the seat of the Roman Catholic diocese here, but interestingly, it is only the third largest Roman Catholic church in the city. (What a devout city this once was!)

There was some controversy when the Cathedral was constructed here in the late 19th century, because this neighborhood - particularly bordering on Dorchester Square - was regarded as a bastion of Anglo-Montreal. This distinctions meant so much then!

The architects of the Cathedral chose to build a roughly one-third replica of St. Peter's Basilica in Rome. The interior is if anything more beautiful than the Vatican, IMHO, because the scale is so much more appropriate for mere human beings.

The Cathedral received the name "St James Cathedral" when it was consecrated in 1894. Pope Benedict XV gave it the distinction of being a minor basilica in 1919. Finally, in 1955 Pope Pius XII rededicated the cathedral with a new name, "Mary Reine de la monde."

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  • Written Jul 24, 2008
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