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One of Canada’s Largest Catholic Shrines

Situated in the tiny town of Sainte-Anne-de- Beaupré on the shores of the St. Lawrence River is the Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré Shrine. Part of our Montreal and Quebec City bus tour; discover the history behind one of Canada’s largest Catholic shrines.

A place of pilgrimage for the past 350 years, Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré  Shrine started out as a place to honor Saint Anne, the mother of the Virgin Mary. Evolving over the years, the site eventually became the site of the modern-day Basilica.

Today the Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré Shrine is an important Catholic sanctuary that provides a place for worship and houses the miraculous statue of Saint Anne. Be one of the millions of visitors that explore the shrine each year. From the historic buildings to the displays throughout, uncover the history of one of the largest Catholic shrines during your two and a half hour tour.

View of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré Shrine

View of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré Shrine

Outside of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré Shrine

Outside of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré Shrine

Inside Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré Shrine

Inside Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré Shrine

An Angel beneath the Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré

An Angel beneath the Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré

Main Nave at Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré Shrine

Main Nave at Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré Shrine

Inside Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré Shrine

Inside Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré Shrine

View of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré Shrine View of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré Shrine
Outside of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré Shrine Outside of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré Shrine
Inside Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré Shrine Inside Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré Shrine
An Angel beneath the Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré An Angel beneath the Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré
Main Nave at Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré Shrine Main Nave at Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré Shrine

A Shrine Dedicated to Saint Anne

Basilica

A shrine dedicated to Saint Anne, the Basilica’s interior is a feast for the eyes, dating back to 1926 guests are welcomed to delight in the many stained glass windows, mosaics, paintings and artifacts found throughout that are of great historical significance.

Don’t forget to stop by the visitor center. Located just in front of the Basilica, you can pick up a free information guide that will help you navigate through the shrine.

 

The Main Nave

Explore the main floor of the Basilica. Over 240 stained glass windows and mosaics that tell the life story of St. Anne cover the ceiling and sides of the church; however, the real focus of the building is not its architecture, but the Statue of Saint-Anne-Beaupré.

 

The Statue of Saint-Anne-de-Beaupré

Carved from a single piece of oak and colourfully painted, the Statue of Saint Anne is located in the Main Nave of the Basilica.  Wearing a gold crown with diamonds, rubies and pearls, Saint Anne is shown carrying her child, the Virgin Mary. Glorified in heaven, many guests come to the statue of Saint Anne in prayer while others quietly reflect on the statue’s beauty.

 

The Chapel of Saint Anne

Just behind the statue of Saint Anne is a chapel which is also dedicated to the blessed grandmother. A relic of Saint Anne can be found in this chapel given to the Shrine by Pope John XXIII.

 

The Immaculate Conception Chapel

As you head to the lower level of the Basilica, you’ll find the Immaculate Conception Chapel. Dedicated to the Virgin Mary, the room’s blue atmosphere creates a feeling of serenity and calm. Roam the chapel and study the magnificent paintings and 178 mosaics throughout. Don’t forget to take the time to admire one of the best replicas of the Pietà, work of Michelangelo. Much more than a simple work of art, many individuals find strength, courage and hope in this sculpture.

Blessed Sacrament Chapel

Also located on the lower level of the Basilica is the Blessed Sacrament Chapel used to this day to broadcast the Daily Mass on the Community Channel and centred around Christ the Redeemer, the bread of life.

 

Memorial Chapel

To the south of the Basilica is Memorial Chapel. The site of the transept of the third church from 1676-1876, many of the materials from the original church were used to construct the Memorial Chapel while other remains have been placed in the Museum of Saint Anne where they are better protected from weather conditions. While many of the original paintings and statues have been replaced with reconstructions, Memorial Chapel remains a strong witness of 200 years of the marvels performed by Saint Anne.

 

The Shrine’s Store

Don’t forget to stop by the Shrine’s Store. Located directly behind the Basilica in the monastery, you can purchase an object of piety or a souvenir to remember your visit to the Shrine. 

Travel Tips

  •  All areas of the Sainte-Anne-de- Beaupré Shrine are accessible by wheelchair. It is important you let your reservations agent know ahead of time if you or someone in your party is handicapped, so that they can make sure to accommodate your group in the most convenient and comfortable setting.

 

  • While visitors are welcome to visit Memorial Chapel and the Shrine’s Store, access to all other areas of the Shrine are dependent on their availability. 
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