Seminary & Cathedral

Today’s mini tour of Québec City takes us to the Catholic Cathedral—Notre-Dame de Québec Basilica-Cathedral—and, next door, what once was the adjoining seminary. The seminary is now the architectural school of the University Laval. I mean, how cool is that? The building is amazing and, because of the endowment, is preserved as a working, living monument to the history of the city and the architecture as well.

Not only that, but the cathedral next door has one of only a handful of ‘Holy Doors‘ outside the Vatican. It’s only used ‘open’ on certain special holy days and, of course, is and of itself, an attraction to pilgrims.

Both these amazing buildings and cathedral sit on the ‘town square’ opposite City Hall or, Hotel de Ville, Québec. More of which I can share with you in another post.

Note: The Cathedral-Basilica of Notre-Dame de Québec is the primatial church of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Québec. It is the oldest church in Canada and was the first church in Canada to be elevated to the rank of minor basilica, by Pope Pius IX in 1874.

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