Notre-Dame-des-Victoires Church

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Notre-Dame-des-Victoires
Coordinates: 46°48′46″N 71°12′10″W / 46.8128°N 71.2027°W / 46.8128; -71.2027
Location Basse-Ville (Lower Town) of Quebec City, Quebec
Country Canada
Denomination Roman Catholic
History
Founded 1687 -1723
Consecrated 1723
Architecture
Status Active
Heritage designation Bien culturel du Québec, National Historic Sites of Canada
Style Colonial French
Administration
Province

Canada

Official name: Notre-Dame-des-Victoires Church National Historic Site of Canada
Designated: 1988
Type: Historic Monument

Notre-Dame-des-Victoires is a small Roman Catholic stone church in the Lower Town of Quebec City. Construction was started in 1687 on site of Champlain's habitation and was completed in 1723.[1]

History[edit]

Originally dedicated to l'Enfant Jésus, it received the name Notre-Dame-de-la-Victoire following the Battle of Quebec of 1690, in which an English expedition commanded by William Phips was forced to retreat. In 1711, its name was changed again, to Notre-Dame-des-Victoires, after bad weather had sunk a British fleet commanded by Hovenden Walker.

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.

François Baillairgé, architect, remodeled the facade of the church in 1916-17.[2]

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 Sites of Canada in 1988 and plaqued in 1992.[3]

Trivia[edit]

Served as a filming location for the 2002 movie Catch Me If You Can and the 2004 movie Taking Lives.

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