Notre-Dame-des-Victoires Church

Quebec City, Canada

Notre-Dame-des-Victoires is a small Roman Catholic stone church in the Lower Town of Quebec City. Built on the site of Samuel de Champlain’s 1608 Habitation, it is the first permanent French establishment in North America; a symbol of the French presence in North America. The construction was started in 1687 and completed in 1723.

The church was largely destroyed by the British bombardment that preceded the Battle of the Plains of Abraham in September 1759. A complete restoration of the church was finished in 1816. Architect François Baillairgé led the restoration work.

The church, which was listed as a historic monument in 1929, remains a popular tourist attraction within the city, as well as a place of worship. It has undergone extensive restoration in recent decades, to restore its colonial French character. It was designated a National Historic Site of Canada in 1988 and plaqued in 1992.

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Founded: 1687-1723
Category: Religious sites in Canada

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Marat Khoubaev (10 months ago)
Every brick here is so full of history.
Haywood Jablome (12 months ago)
Last time I was here, I saw Leo DiCaprio getting arrested. It was bananas!
Serge Kozhukhar (17 months ago)
A must visit place!!! You will feel like in 18th century. #bepositive
MrsWayfarer (2 years ago)
Beautiful church with inspiring historical background. I read that Quebec was spared a few times from wor because of this church. Nice gold-accented interiors.
Purohit Rahul (2 years ago)
It's nice esthetic view in Montreal. There are restaurant, there is live music and dance there is old painting, what else I needed! Nothing. Great experience. Must visit this place. This place also contains great history between French and British people. It's not even much crowded place. People are very friendly.
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