When steeples reach high above city streets in every direction you look and doors are propped open as to beckon visitors welcome, it doesn't take long to realize the incredible wealth of religious diversity that can be felt in the numerous churches and chapels throughout the Quebec area, including two cathedrals and two basilicas (nearly 155, altogether).
And for someone like me who has a real fetish for religious and historical architecture, I guess you could say I was 'in heaven'.
Many chapels dating back to the 17th Century.
Here is a closer look inside four of the top Historic Churches:
Cathedral-Basilica of Notre-Dame de Quebec
Located in the heart of the Old City at 16 Rue de Buade and through the most beautiful, ornate wrought iron gates is the Cathedral-Basilica of Notre-Dame de Quebec ("Our Lady of Quebec City"). The Cathedral is the seat of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Quebec and the oldest in the Americas north of the Spanish colonies in Florida and New Mexico. The 360-year-old Cathedral is richly decorated with impressive works of art, intricate stained glass windows, ornate architecture and three Casavant organs. Stunning!
We had the opportunity to be in Quebec during the Catholic's Jubilee. While I do not completely understand the Jubilee, I came to learn during our visit that Pope Francis's proclamation of a "Holy Year" (or Jubilee) means that the world's seven Holy Doors would be reopened allowing the public to enter, including the one at Notre-Dame de Quebec Cathedral Basilica, the only outside of Europe. We were allowed to enter through the [Holy] Door above to a shrine of Jesus Christ. What an amazing experience.
"During our lives, every door represents a passage. They are transitions from one place to another, a change of environment. Sometimes, when we move from past to future, they represent a rupture." The Holy Door Experience
Notre Dame des Victoires
This is Notre Dame des Victoires, a small Roman Catholic stone church in the Lower Town of Quebec City, built directly on the spot where the founder of Quebec Samuel de Champlain set up his first settlement. Construction began in 1687 and completed in 1723. Like so many of Quebec's architectural treasures, the cathedral was ravaged by battle and fire throughout the centuries and had been rebuilt twice. Such an amazing area! We explored Lower Town twice - there was so much to do and see.
Poor quality, sorry, but still so ornate and stunning.
Cathedral of the Holy Trinity