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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Hugo Stackel (14 months ago)
Beautiful church, a must see. Interesting piece of trivia: This place was featured in the 2002 Tom Hanks/Leonardo DiCaprio film " Catch Me If You Can". Beyond its Hollywood appearances, it is very noteworthy simply because it is one of the oldest churches in North America. This magnificent structure was constructed between 1687 and 1723. It was destroyed during The Battle of The Plains of Abraham ( "French and Indian War" for Americans, " Seven Years War" for Canadians), and then completely rebuilt. If you're in Old Quebec City, this is a must see. Apprecier/enjoy!
Guilherme D. Garcia (2 years ago)
Lots of history here (the oldest church in Canada, for example). Definitely a must-go if you’re in Quebec City. This is also where “Catch me if you can” ends.
Helen HL Leung (2 years ago)
A small church at a small square . It's a pity that it was closed when we arrived . We were just like visiting a small town in Europe .
Sarah Janning-Picker (2 years ago)
Beautiful bright interior, one of the oldest churches on the north American continent From the outside, Notre-Dame-des-Victoires doesn't seem to impress much but if you take some minutes to enter, sit down in one of the benches and have a look into its interior, you'll be positively surprised. Although you might not be religious (or not even Christian), this small, fine church might attract you thanks to its bright interior, its long history (the altar already mentions 1690 and 1711) and the general white and golden decoration. At the weekend the church may be too crowded, so try best on a weekday. Nevertheless, as many people just walk through for some minutes, you will have the possibility to sit down and admire the church's decoration and feel the ancient spirit! From what I saw, it's unfortunately, not wheelchair accessible.
Olivia Oh (3 years ago)
The building itself was beautiful however it wasn’t open when i visited unfortunately. A sign explaining the history or significance of the church would have been nice, because my thought was « oh, it’s a church, ok » without much information. I hope someone post a clear information about visiting hours! Maybe next time I’m in Quebec I’ll be able to see her.
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