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Chiesa della Madonna della Difesa

  • 6800 av. Henri-Julien Map It
  • Little Italy
  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

Published 10/26/2015

Fodor's Review

If you look up at the cupola behind the main altar of Little Italy's most famous church, you'll spot Montréal's most infamous piece of ecclesiastical portraiture. Yes, indeed, that lantern-jaw fellow on horseback who looks so pleased with himself is Benito Mussolini, the dictator who led Italy into World War II—on the wrong side. The mural, by Guido Nincheri (1885–1973), was completed long before the war and commemorates the signing of the Lateran Pact with Pope Pius XI, one of Il Duce's few lasting achievements. The controversy shouldn't distract you from the beauties of the rest of the richly decorated church.

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6800 av. Henri-Julien, Montréal, Québec, H2S 2V4, Canada

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Sight Details:

  • Free
  • Mass only, Tues.–Fri. 7 pm, Sun. 8, 9:30, and 11

Published 10/26/2015


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