Christ Church Cathedral - Montreal

Copyright Photo: Christ Church Cathedral - Montreal 1 by Montreal Photo Daily, on Flickr
Copyright Photo: Christ Church Cathedral - Montreal 3 by Montreal Photo Daily, on FlickrCopyright Photo: Christ Church Cathedral - Montreal 2 by Montreal Photo Daily, on Flickr
Christ Church Cathedral is an Anglican Gothic Revival cathedral.
Address: 635 Saint Catherine Street West, downtown Montreal.

Originally built in 1859, the Christ Church Cathedral was the first church in Montreal to re-invent itself to fit into its modern day setting. In the 1980s, a huge real estate project was undertaken: an underground parking and a shopping mall that would house two levels of shops underneath the cathedral. In addition to that, a 34 floor skyscraper was to be built just north of the church, as part of the complex. Throughout the duration of the construction, the Cathedral had to be supported on stilts. We, Montrealers used to refer to it as the "Cathedral on stilts". Completed the same year, the Promenade de la Cathedrale was opened to the public... a four-level project that connected the mall under the church to Montreal's "Underground City".

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9 comments:

Leif Hagen said...

She's a gorgeous cathedral with heavenly architectural details! Nice photos of her! I wonder what she looks like inside? (hint, hint)
Bon weekend, Ken!

Greensboro Daily Photo said...

I love the thought of a church reinventing itself to fit into the 21st century. When malls are below, it is hard to believe so much is happening-- out of sight.

Thank you for faithfully reading and often commenting on GDP. I don't always have a chance to reciprocate comments and so people read but don't comment. A comment here and there makes all of this hard (free) work worthwhile!

Have a super weekend.

Janis

Montreal Photo Daily said...

@ Leif: Hehe. Pas de probleme, mon ami. Stay tuned.

@ Janis: Always a pleasure to hear from you... and thanks for sharing your thoughts. :)

brattcat said...

Thanks for your visit and your kind comments. The road you're interested in is Route 5. It runs the length of Vermont and brings the intrepid traveler to the very border with Canada. It is a beautiful, winding road with plenty of pastoral vistas! But the same can be said of that part of south eastern Quebec. On another note, our daughter did her undergraduate work in your beautiful city. We loved coming to visit...it never failed to charm us.

Jarart said...

It is a beautiful building. That last picture is fantastic with the modern glass tower rising above the steeple. Great composition.

Irina said...

I like very much the combination of different epochs in one photo. Great.

Mo said...

Beautiful Cathederal. Too bad about Christchurch Cathederal NZ, Maybe this cathederal could support the NZ one in helping it in its restoration after repeated earthquakes.

Jenny Woolf said...

Like the Gothic look of it against that glass.

magiceye said...

brilliant captures!!!