Notre-Dame Church (Montreal)

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Notre-Dame Church
Premiere eglise Ville-Marie.jpg
Coordinates: 45°30′16.15″N 73°33′22.55″W / 45.5044861°N 73.5562639°W / 45.5044861; -73.5562639
Location Place d'Armes, Montreal
Country Canada
Denomination Roman Catholic
Dedication Mary (mother of Jesus)
Dedicated 1682
Status Church
Cathedral (1821-1822)
Architect(s) François Bailly
Groundbreaking June 29, 1672
Completed 1682
Closed 1829
Demolished 1830 (bell tower 1843)
Materials Fieldstone

The Notre-Dame Church was a church in Old Montreal.


In 1657, the Roman Catholic Sulpician Order arrived in Ville-Marie, now known as Montreal. The parish they founded was dedicated to Mary, and the parish church of Notre-Dame was built between 1672 and 1682. A cross is planted to designate the future emplacement of the church on June 29, 1672 and the next day are laid the first five stones.

The church served as the first cathedral of the Diocese of Montreal from 1821 to 1822.[1]

Throughout the 18th century the city's primary landmarks were the bell tower of Notre-Dame and Citadel hill.

By 1824 the congregation had completely outgrown the church, and James O'Donnell, an Irish-American Protestant from New York, was commissioned to design the Notre-Dame Basilica. The church was demolished in 1830 and the bell tower in 1843. Foundations from the original Notre-Dame Church lie under Place d'Armes, and were unearthed during the square's 2009-2011 renovations.[2]



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  1. ^ "Cathédrale Marie-Reine-du-Monde: Historique". Cathédrale Marie-Reine-du-Monde Web site. Retrieved 2009-11-17. 
  2. ^ Sutherland, Anne (18 November 2011). "Bowled over by what’s under Place d'Armes square". Montreal Gazette. Retrieved 1 January 2012.