Montreal Sights

Cathédrale Marie-Reine-du-Monde (Mary Queen of the World Cathedral)

  • 1085 rue de la Cathédrale Map It
  • Downtown
  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

Published 10/26/2015

Fodor's Review

The best reason to visit this cathedral is that it's a quarter-scale replica of St. Peter's Basilica in Rome—complete with a magnificent reproduction of Bernini's ornate baldachin (canopy) over the main altar and an ornately coffered ceiling. When Bishop Ignace Bourget (1799–1885) decided to build his cathedral in the heart of the city's Protestant-dominated commercial quarter, many fellow Catholics thought he was crazy. But the bishop was determined to assert the Church's authority—and its loyalty to Rome—in the British-ruled city. Bourget didn't live to see the cathedral dedicated in 1894, but his tomb holds place of honor among those of his successors in the burial chapel on the east side of the nave.

Sight Information

Address:

1085 rue de la Cathédrale, (enter through main doors on boul. René-Lévesque), Montréal, Québec, H3B 2V4, Canada

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Phone:

514-866–1661

Sight Details:

  • Free
  • Daily 6:30–6:15; mass at 7 am

Published 10/26/2015

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