Ste. Anne de Beaupre, Quebec, Canada

Steven Dutch, Professor Emeritus, Natural and Applied Sciences, Universityof Wisconsin - Green Bay

The Basilica

Hotel for basilica visitors.
Reputedly, when a shrine to Saint Anne was built here, one of the builders experienced a miraculous healing. The original basilica burned down in 1922 and was replaced by this one in 1926. For many years the spires remained unfinished and were truncated just above the crosses over the small rose windows.
I first saw this shrine in the 1950's, before the spires were completed. Since I had spent all my life up to that point in Bangor, Maine, I was very impressed. Having seen some real cathedrals since then, I have to say this is not in the same league as many in Europe. Even in the U.S., which has been accused of not having any really beautiful cathedrals, St. Paul's in St. Paul and St. Josaphat's in Milwaukee are far more grand.

Interior Views

Left and below: some of the stained glass windows.
Left: Crutches left by visitors.

Around the Basilica

Autumn foliage near the Basilica.
Left: Street scene in the village of Ste. Anne de Beaupre.

Below left: Chapel commemorating the first church here (1676), built on part of the original site.

Below right: The Scala Santa (Sacred stairs), containing a replica of the stairs ascended by Christ to reach the Pretorium of Pontius Pilate.

Laurentian Mountain Scenery

The Precambrian Canadian Shield rises to over 1000 meters elevation not far inland.

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Created 10 December 2009, Last Update 04 June 2020