Project 365 – Day 64: Eglise Notre-Dame-du-Tres-Saint-Sacrement

March 4 2012

I discovered a beautiful church today on avenue du Mont-Royal. I actually posted a photograph of the exterior of the Eglise Notre-Dame-du-Tres-Saint-Sacrement back on February 5th, but at that time didn’t venture inside. I knew from reading up on the church after photographing it then, that there was a gem waiting to be photographed and the research didn’t disappoint.

Eglise Notre-Dame-du-Tres-Saint-Sacrement on ave du Mont-Royal

Eglise Notre-Dame-du-Tres-Saint-Sacrement on ave du Mont-Royal

The sannctuary and church was built at the end of the 19th century for the community of priests of the same name – Tres-Saint-Sacrement. The somewhat plain facade of the church hides an extremely colorful interior designed by Montreal architect Jean-Baptiste Resther (1830-1896).

The murals were added by Quebec artist Georges Delfosse (1869-1939), who, in 1915, began his painting of the ceiling and the walls of the choir, representing Eucharistic symbols and related narrative scenes. Delfosse was assisted by two other artists — T.-X. Renaud and Narcisse Poirier.

Murals by Georges Delfosse in the Confessionnal in the Eglise Notre-Dame-du-Tres-Saint-Sacrement

Murals by Georges Delfosse in the Confessionnal in the Eglise Notre-Dame-du-Tres-Saint-Sacrement

Eglise Notre-Dame-du-Tres-Saint-Sacrement murals by Georges Delfosse

Eglise Notre-Dame-du-Tres-Saint-Sacrement murals by Georges Delfosse

Eglise Notre-Dame-du-Tres-Saint-Sacrement

Eglise Notre-Dame-du-Tres-Saint-Sacrement

Confessionnal in the Eglise Notre-Dame-du-Tres-Saint-Sacrement

Confessionnal in the Eglise Notre-Dame-du-Tres-Saint-Sacrement

Access to the church on the first floor is via sweeping staircases.

Sweeping stairs leading to the entrance of the Eglise Notre-Dame-du-Tres-Saint-Sacrement

Sweeping stairs leading to the entrance of the Eglise Notre-Dame-du-Tres-Saint-Sacrement

As mentioned at the beginning, the facade of the church is fairly plain.

Entrance to the Eglise Notre-Dame-du-Tres-Saint-Sacrement

Entrance to the Eglise Notre-Dame-du-Tres-Saint-Sacrement

Eglise Notre-Dame-du-Tres-Saint-Sacrement

Eglise Notre-Dame-du-Tres-Saint-Sacrement

After leaving the church, I really had to grab a picture of this colorful guy outside who was preaching to those that would listen.

Colorful character preaching to those that would listen

Colorful character preaching to those that would listen

To view images in gallery format, simply click on one of the images below.

Thanks for stopping by. Until next time.

– Martin

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2 thoughts on “Project 365 – Day 64: Eglise Notre-Dame-du-Tres-Saint-Sacrement

  1. great photos! this is very random, but I was wondering if you could help. One of my great great grandfathers was a merchant trader in Montreal many years ago (I’m English)…. I have with me a letter dated april 1909, headed the ‘Fraser Building, 45 St. Sacrament Street Montreal’… Google isn’t really getting me anywhere, but I think the street does still exist and it is very near this church. Do you know if that building is still standing? Thank you very much!

    • Thanks for stopping by James. Saint Sacrament street is in the Old port, so I will check for the address next time I’m down in that part of town – which is quite often. If I find Fraser Building I’ll be sure to post some pics.

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