Notre-Dame-des-Victoires Church

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Coordinates: 46°48′46″N 71°12′10″W / 46.8128°N 71.2027°W / 46.8128; -71.2027
Location 32, rue Sous-le-Fort
Quebec City, Quebec
G1K 4G7
Country Canada
Denomination Roman Catholic
Status Active
Founded 1687 -1723
Consecrated 1723
Style Colonial French


Official name Notre-Dame-des-Victoires Church National Historic Site of Canada
Designated 1988
Type Classified heritage immovable
Designated 1929

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


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.[citation needed]

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

In 2002, the church served as a filming location for Catch Me If You Can, and again in 2004 for Taking Lives.[citation needed]