Cathedral of the Holy Trinity

Quebec City, Canada

The Cathedral of the Holy Trinity (Sainte-Trinité) is the cathedral of the Anglican Diocese of Quebec. The Diocese of Quebec was founded in 1793 and its first bishop, Dr. Jacob Mountain, gave his early attention to the erection of a cathedral. The completed building, designed by military officers William Robe and William Hall and built between 1800 and 1804, was consecrated on August 28, 1804. It was the first Anglican cathedral to be built outside of the British Isles.

Designed in the neoclassic Palladian style, the Cathedral was modeled after the St Martin-in-the-Fields Church in Trafalgar Square, London, and the Marylebone Chapel (now known as St Peter, Vere Street). King George IIIpaid for the construction of the Cathedral and provided a folio Bible, communion silverware and large prayer books to be used for worship.

The bell-tower is home to 8 bells, founded by Whitechapel in 1830, and are the oldest change-ringing peal in Canada. Due to deterioration, they were brought down in 2006, sent to Whitechapel in London for retuning, and reinstalled in April 2007.

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Founded: 1800-1804
Category: Religious sites in Canada

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Scott McCagg (2 years ago)
Very creepy church. Visited in the dark and at night during the ghost tour... Definitely haunted 10/10 definitely recommend a visit and 10/10 definitely do not recommend staying inside too long or alone.
J Jones (2 years ago)
A bit disappointed. Though i admit it was partially my fault for arriving late. But I arrived late (about an hour) and missed the service. The door was locked and there was no sign the church had even been open. It was a pity considering I was able to go inside the Catholic churches but not any Anglican.
St Christopher (2 years ago)
We came to Quebec to ring the bells of Holy Trinity and St Matthews. Holy Trinity a bit like hardwork.
Adrian M (2 years ago)
This Anglican Cathedral has a simple layout, but there is detail in the curved ceiling, lattices and pillars. Also, much of the writing is in English presumably being Anglican. It seemed to be quite quiet with not many visitors when I went (not during a service) and most visitors came and left pretty quickly.
Debra Patterson (2 years ago)
To really enjoy the history of this church you need a tour guide or do some research on the church before you visit it.
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