June 20, 2010

Tourists in Quebec: Basilique-Cathédrale Notre Dame de Québec

The exterior of the Notre-Dame de Québec Basilica Cathedral is relatively simple, with no elaborate reliefs or ornamentation. It also looks quite small from the front until you notice how far back it extends.

facade of the Notre-Dame de Québec, Quebec City


The interior, however, is another matter altogether.

interior of the Notre-Dame de Québec, Quebec City


Here is a closer view of the altar and its ornate, golden baldaquin (canopy of state).

golden baldaquin of the Notre-Dame de Québec, Quebec City


The magnificent stained glass windows along the nave depict scenes from the life of Mary. Here are the three from the childhood of Jesus: his birth, his presentation at the temple, and his finding in the temple.

stained glass window at the Notre-Dame de Québec depicting the birth of Jesus
stained glass window at the Notre-Dame de Québec depicting the presentation of Jesus at the temple
stained glass window at the Notre-Dame de Québec depicting the finding of Jesus in the temple

17 comments:

bfarr said...

Beautiful. Both the cathedral interior and the stained glass.

ρομπερτ said...

Beauty seen by an artist.
Please have a nice Sunday.

daily athens

brattcat said...

Inspiring.

the donG said...

nice. the exterior resembles manila cathedral while its interior that of molo church in iloilo.

Wayne said...

You're visiting the prettiest city in Canada Hilda.

Ann said...

The stain windows are so beautiful. How long are you in Quebec for?

Boom Nisanart said...

Wow !!!
The interior is beautiful indeed !!!

Cezar and Léia said...

Wooooooooooooooooooowwwwwwwww! The exterior really disguises what it treasures inside! Thanks for sharing.
God bless you!
Cezar

Kaori said...

Simple on the outside, but the inside...WOW! I love that ceiling!

this too will pass said...

beautiful; best wishes, CB

joo said...

It's a great interior and the stained glas windows are simply awesome!

AB said...

That is one ornate church!

VP said...

You have a peculiar and captivating way to take pictures inside I church and I really envy you for this. Even this time you surprised us with some well chosen and excellent pictures of this amazing church.

Joy said...

Yes, that's what I have found too in Vancouver. Churches/cathedrals on the outside would be quite simple, yet breathtaking the moment you open the door. Wonderful photos! Love the golden hue.

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Leif Hagen said...

I love interior cathedral photos! C'est magnifique! Heavenly snaps of that wonderful sanctuary!

Lois said...

Oh my Hilda! Those interior shots are so stunning. What a gorgeous cathedral!

EG Wow said...

Very beautiful!