Friday, June 24, 2011

QC tour - part II

The Cathedral-minor basilica of Notre-Dame de Québec (Our Lady of Quebec City) is the primate church of Canada and seat of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Quebec, the oldest see in the New World north of Mexico. It is also the parish church of the oldest parish in North America, and the first church in North America to be elevated to the rank of minor basilica by Pope Pius IX in 1874. It is part of the UNESCO World Heritage of the Historic District of Old Québec. Since its original construction in 1647, it was rebuilt twice - once after the siege of 1759-60, and again after a major fire in 1922. (Wikipedia)

We had the opportunity to tour it on our recent visit to Quebec City.

(all shots made with a 10-22mm lens at f7.1 or f8.0, shutter speeds ranging from 1/500 to 1.0 sec, ISO200)


Katherine said...

Wow Rick ... absolutely amazing! Such a beautiful, beautiful church.

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

The detail in this building is amazing.

Saz said...

What gorgeous photo's! The inside of that building is so beautiful, love the detail and the colours. (:

Leslie said...

It always amazes me to think that these intricate, majestic places were built by men. Have you ever read the book, "Cathedral," by David Macaulay? It's written for young people, but I found it a fascinating look at how the old cathedrals were built. He's a fantastic illustrator, too.

Soraia Brito said...

Beautiful photos!

Nancy @ A Rural Journal said...

Beautiful structure Rick. You captured it well. :)

lisa said...

What a gorgeous building, and your photographs of it are just wonderful!
Hope you are having a great weekend!

Dawn said...

Wow! A place i dream of visiting!!! Thats incredible and magnificent! I like the capture from the last post as well. Thanks for sharing these. Nice to see until my dream comes true:))

Rick said...

Thank you Katherine - I agree !

Thanks Ruth - it was definitely awe-inspiring.

Yes Saz - it was very ornate !

I agree Leslie - and without all the modern equipment. I'd be fascinated by a book like that - will look for it - thanks.

Thank you, Soraia !

Thank you Nancy (a bit tough to do without a tripod and no flash allowed).

Thank you so much, Lisa. Weekend is going great so far, and I hope yours is too !

Thanks Dawn - I think you'll be left very satisfied after a visit to QC ! (a few more photos on today's post)

darlin said...

This is quite the church, it looks so reverent, like a place I'd be scared to even cough in! lol Excellent captures Rick, I'm curious how you got into the church to take photos, or are they used to that there?

Have a fantastic Sunday!

magda said...

Wonderful Cathedral, very old and nice!!!
Your photos, my dear friend Rick, are amazing!!!
Quebec is wonderful town!!!
Many greetings

Lisa RedWillow said...

What an amazing place. I would love to see this place.
Wonderful photography

Rick said...

Hi Darlene - the church is open for self-tours (and the faithful) during certain hours, so no problem. Yes, it is a beautiful place - very ornate ! Have a super week.

Thank you Magda - you should try to visit QC some day - very much worth it.

Thank you, Lisa - make sure to add it to your bucket list.

Jeanne Klaver said...

I am in awe. Your photos capture the essence as well as the beauty.

Rick said...

Thanks Jeanne - it was an awe-inspiring edifice !