Photos of Montreal, the Mary Queen of the World Basilica-Cathedral

Headquarters of the Archdiocese of Montreal

La cathédrale Marie-Reine-du-Monde au cœur des buildings de MontréalL'esplanade devant l'entrée de la cathédraleBasilique-cathédrale Marie-Reine-du-Monde de MontréalL'entrée sur la nef et l'orgue de la cathédraleLes arches et le plafond recouvert de doruresDans le chœur de la cathédraleBougies à la cathédrale Marie-Reine-du-MondeLe Baldaquin, réplique de celui du Bernin à RomeL'intérieur de la coupole de la cathédralePeintures et dorures ornent la cathédraleLe tombeau de Mgr Ignace Bourget, fondateur de la cathédraleLa coupole de la cathédrale rappelle celle de Saint-Pierre de RomeLa nef centrale de la basilique-cathédrale Marie-Reine-du-Monde

Inspired by the Italian neo-renaissance, the Cathedral of Mary Queen of the World has retained the general appearance of the Basilica of St. Peter in Rome. The interior of the Cathedral does not reproduce, in all its splendor, the Basilica of St. Peter in Rome, but the architectural layout of the nave, the white and gilded wood coffered vault, and the baldachin with twisted columns remain interesting. The curves of the intersecting vaults almost steal the show from the many paintings and gilding.

Commissioned by Bishop Ignatius Bourget in 1857 to strengthen the Catholic presence in a predominantly Protestant neighborhood, this immense cathedral is distinguished by large Greek columns, rich ornamentation and a cornice decorated with statues. Under the dome is a reproduction of Bernini’s baldachin covered with gold leaf. In recent years, the esplanade and narthex of the cathedral have undergone major repairs.

The tour of the Mary Queen of the World Cathedral was conducted on September 11, 2017.

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