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St-Michel de Sillery Church

Saint-Michel de Sillery church

The construction of the Saint-Michel de Sillery Church, originally known as Saint-Colomb Church, began in 1852 following the plans of architect Goodlatte Richardson Browne.  In 1853, Joseph-Ferdinand Peachy continued the work that Browne had started. The church was open for worship in 1854. This place of worship, made of greenish sandstone from Cap-Rouge, was built in order to meet the needs of the French Canadian and Irish Catholics of the area.

It was placed under the patronage of St. Michael and commemorates the first chapel built in Sillery, which was located near the Jesuit house.

Inspired by the neo-Gothic style, the church’s décor is absolutely remarkable.  Five very beautiful European paintings that were saved by Father Desjardins are displayed in the church.  Father Desjardins acquired over two hundred paintings with the intention of saving them from the confiscation of religious objects that was being carried out by the British government during the French Revolution.  The collection that he was able to save was given the name “Fonds Desjardins” and today these paintings are found in various churches throughout Québec City.  The Christ on the cross, painting by Antoine Plamondon and sculptures by Louis Jobin also adorn Saint-Michel de Sillery Church.

When you arrive at the church, you can immediately take advantage of the spectacular panoramic view of the Saint Lawrence River that you get by simply standing on the doorsteps of the church.  There is also a monument dedicated to the Canadian Martyrs found in front of the church.  

Points of Interest :
  • The paintings saved from the French Revolution
  • The monument dedicated to the Canadian Martyrs
  • The procession banner
  • The sculptures

St-Michel de Sillery Church

  • 1600, rue du Cardinal-Persico,
  • Québec (Sillery), Québec
  • G1T 1H3
  • Phone: 418-527-3390
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