Saint-Sulpice Seminary (Montreal)

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Saint-Sulpice Seminary from Notre-Dame Street.
The seminary in winter.

Saint-Sulpice Seminary (French:Vieux Séminaire de Saint-Sulpice) is the oldest structure in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. It is located in the historic Old Montreal district, next to Notre-Dame Basilica on Notre-Dame Street, facing the Place d'Armes square. It was declared a National Historic Site of Canada in 1980.[1][2]

Building and gardens[edit]

Founded in 1657, by the Society of Saint-Sulpice, the seminary was dedicated to the education of secular priests and to mission work among native peoples in New France.[3]

Saint-Sulpice Seminary was built from 1684 to 1687. The Messrs of Saint-Sulpice, priests of the Notre-Dame parish, are seigneurs of the island of Montréal expanded the structure in the early 18th Century. Its clock, constructed in 1701, is the oldest of its kind in North America. Its gardens are also the oldest on the continent.[4][5]


  1. ^ "Saint-Sulpice Seminary and its Gardens". Directory of Designations of National Historic Significance of Canada. Parks Canada. Retrieved August 17, 2011. 
  2. ^ Saint-Sulpice Seminary and its Gardens. Canadian Register of Historic Places. Retrieved August 17, 2011.
  3. ^ The Canadian Province Sulpicans, "A brief history: The Society of Saint Sulpice in Canada"
  4. ^ "The Old Seminary and Notre-Dame Basilica". Old Montreal Web site. Retrieved 2009-01-08. 
  5. ^ "National Historic Sites Of Canada System Plan". Parks Canada. Retrieved 2009-01-08. 

Coordinates: 45°30′14″N 73°33′25″W / 45.50389°N 73.55694°W / 45.50389; -73.55694