We had a lovely visit to this beautiful basilica located along the St Lawerence River nearby Quebec City. If you are in the area, the place is worth the visit!
The basilica is a shrine dedicated to Saint Anne, mother of Mary and grandmother of Jesus. This Catholic sanctuary is standing on the ground where the first basilica was built in 1876 and was destroyed by fire in 1922. The constructions of the new basilica started the year after the fire and were completed around 1946.
Address: Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré Shrine, 10018 Avenue Royale, Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré, G0A 3C0, QC
Region: Capitale Nationale
Car: Drive north east 3h from Montreal, 30 minutes from Quebec City
Entry Fees: Free admission
Open every day, check opening hours on website
Suitable for baby strollers
Park the car and head to the information centre located between the parking and the basilica near the old train tracks. The main door is located on the left of the building with a few steps up.
On the lower floor, The Immaculate Conception Chapel is dedicated to Mary with beautiful mosaics and paintings from the Saints of the Quebec Church.
The upper floor is the basilica itself with very high ceilings, stained-glass windows, wonderful paintings and finely detailed art. During our visit at Christmas time, there was a nice presentation of the nativity scene and decorated Christmas trees.
On the outside you can visit other buildings (which we have not had the time to go) but I will mention it in case you would like to plan before your visit; The Monastery, The Memorial Chapel, The Way of the Cross, The Scala Santa and The Mural which is located on the exterior south wall and can be seen from the main road.
Next to the main road, nearby the basilica, there is a circular building called The Cyclorama of Jerusalem. It displays a massive panorama painting of biblical Jerusalem made by a German painter. Check their website for rates and opening hours Cyclorama of Jerusalem. We have not visited the venue yet.