The basilica of Sainte Anne de Beaupre provides all the majesty and wonder of a European basilica on North American continent
Beautiful detailed mosaics, stained glass windows and paintings further enhance the soaring architecture.
Our trip to Montmorency Falls included a visit to this Basilica. It is well worth a visit.
The History of the Basilica Sainte Anne de Beaupre
The early 20th century basilica replaced an older one that burned down. It’s located about 20 miles east of Quebec city and is a place of pilgrimage. Saint Anne is known for healing and there are many cases of people that were healed after praying to Saint Anne who was the mother of Mary and who is the patron saint of Quebec.
In 1658, a few acres was donated to the church for a chapel. People say miracles started happening while the chapel was being built and continued. The chapel was enlarged into a basilica eventually, welcoming thousands and thousands of pilgrims every year. In 1922 the basilica burned down and the present one was started soon after, taking about 20 years to complete.
What to expect
The basilica is really very nice inside, with high arches and scenes from the life of Saint Anne throughout in stained glass and paintings. There is also a spectacular gold statue of Saint Anne.
Downstairs, there is the arched ceilinged chapel of Immaculate Conception, lights reflecting off the blues and golds on the arches. There are little mosaics on the corners of the pillars and posts.
The church is completely accessible with a lift and ramps. Across the road is a large field for camping in season. On the hill behind the church is a memorial chapel with stations of the cross and a set of stairs that pilgrims often climb.
Even if you aren’t there to do a pilgrimage, or are overly religious, this is a beautiful basilica to visit.
There’s now a large plaza in front of the church with a fountain. There is also plenty of parking around it.