Quebec

I spent most of my time in Montréal and Québec City. I drove up from Chicago, crossing from Michigan at Sarnia. It was a long drive, broken up with a visit with friends in Michigan. I enjoyed the drive, but don't think I'd do it again.



Notre-Dame Basilica in Montréal. It was pouring rain the day I visited so I spent quite a bit of time sitting and reading. This is Chapel of Notre-Dame du Sacré-Cœur, which was created after a fire in 1978. The theme chosen by Quebec sculptor Charles Daudelin shows the march of humankind toward God, represented in the form of the Holy Trinity: the Father symbolized by a shining sun, the Son by the head of Jesus and the Holy Spirit by an immense bird with extended wings. The three arches signify the difficult stages of life, the return of human beings to their Creator. The last arch represents the passage from this life to the next, illustrating at the same time the hope of eternal happiness.

 


 

The English Pug and the French Poodle are a pair of sculptures installed on the southwest side of Place d’Armes outside of the National Bank building in Montréal. The sculptures were created by Montréal artist Marc-André J. Fortier and were erected in 2013. The Poodle and the Pug are looking at each other across the plaza while the owners are looking in opposite directions. This is a satirical view of the English and the French.


 

Alice in Wonderland by Salvador Dali in front of Frontenac castle on Dufferin terrace in Québec City. In 2016, it was vadalized and the gold staff in from of Alice was broken off, fortunately it was able to be repaired.

 


 

I love fountains. I visited the Tourny Fountain in front of the Parliament building in Québec City. Unfortunately, it was not running, but interesting nonetheless.


 

L'Homme-rivière statue pays tribute to the draveurs. A draveur is a log driver or raftsman. This statue was tucked in a little court area and I really liked it.


 

The Cathedral-Basilica of Notre-Dame de Québec is unassuming on the outside, and gorgeous on the inside. This is the chancel with its golden sculptures, with a baldachin designed and built by Frenchman François Baillairgé. It is supported by the chancel walls and stands on sculptures representing angels, which gives the impression it floats above the main altar



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