Our favorite thing was walking around Montreal. We noticed some ruins near our hotel and decided to explore.
Up wooden steps with a few spider webs lay a beautiful Gothic Revival style cathedral. St Patrick’s Basilica stood before us. We regret not having time for the history tour. It was pretty empty and if you like architecture nice to check out.
St Patrick’s is in located in Downtown Montreal and has links to the Irish Canadian community. The site was bought and construction began in 1843. At the time this was considered the outskirts of the city. The prominent mount which St Patrick’s is built on allowed everyone to see it’s spire.
It’s a designated National Historic Site of Canada. They first opened their doors on March 17, 1847. They catered to the Irish immigrants that immigrated over due to the famine and other troubles back home.
Pope John Paul II raised the church’s statute to Minor Basilica in 1989 because of it’s historical importance. Cardinal archbishop Paul Gregoire requested the status change. It’s the “mother church” of all English speaking Catholics in Greater Montreal.
We didn’t find out what the ruins were about. Next time, we’ll ask when we go on the history tour.
We really miss Canada. 2016 was a Canada year and it did not disappoint.