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Quebec city's Ursulines: Chapel, Parlor, Museum

Quebec city's Ursulines

The Ursuline community, once known as La Compagnie de Saint-Ursule, was founded in Italy in 1535 by Sainte Angèle Mérici.  In 1639, at the request of the Jesuits, three Ursulines, including Marie de l’Incarnation, the community’s spiritual founder, and Madame de la Peltrie, temporal founder, arrived in Québec City.  The Ursulines, who were cloistered at the time, founded the first school in North America to be devoted to the education of young Amerindian and French girls.  As years went by, pastoral animation began to rise above their educational mission.  The Ursuline community was the first female Order of teachers within the Canadian Church. 

Ursuline Chapel

One of the most beautiful ensembles of sculpted wood that exists in the province of Québec is found at the Ursuline chapel.  The objects were created by Pierre-Noël Levasseur between 1723 and 1739 and were transferred to the present-day chapel, which was constructed in 1902.  The objects were gilded by the Ursulines themselves.  L’ange à la trompette and the retable, the two being important pieces of the décor, bring out the exceptional richness of the chapel.  The nave is adorned with paintings from the 17th and 18th centuries that were brought over from Europe during the French Revolution.

The remains of Blessed Marie de l’Incarnation, founder of the community, rest in the small oratory located just off the chapel.  This oratory was erected in 1972, on the 300 year anniversary of her death. 

Points of Interest :

  • The Interior Décor
  • The Sanctuary Lamp
  • French and Italian Paintings
  • The tomb of Marie de l’Incarnation

    Ursuline Museum

    The Ursulines settled in Quebec in 1639 where they founded the first girls school in North America. The museum tells the story of these women who were nuns, pioneers, teachers and artists.

    Guided tours available upon reservation, for groups, in French or in English. Choice of different themes (ex: girls’ education from the 17th to the 19th century, sacred art workshop, relations with the English-speakers of Quebec City, etc.)

    Points of Interest :
    • Teaching material used by the nuns
    • Furniture and personal objects from daily life in the 17th and 18th centuries
    • Sacred art workshop
    • The magnificent collection of vestments and liturgical ornaments embroided with gold, silver and silk threads


Quebec city's Ursulines: Chapel, Parlor, Museum

  • 2, rue du Parloir
  • Québec, Québec
  • G1R 4M5
  • Phone: 418-692-2523
  • Fax: 418-692-4741
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