December 30, 2015

2167 CANADA (Quebec) - Notre-Dame Basilica of Montreal

Located next to the Saint-Sulpice Seminary and faces the Place d'Armes square, the Roman Catholic Notre-Dame Basilica was built between 1824 and 1829 after a plan of the Irish-American Anglican architect James O'Donnell, and on its completion was the largest in North America. The first tower was finished in 1841, and the second in 1843. Victor Bourgeau worked on interior from 1872 to 1879. Chapelle du Sacré-Cœur (Chapel of the Sacred Heart) was completed in 1888 built behind it, along with some offices and a sacristy.

In 1886 Casavant Frères began building a new 32-foot pipe organ at the church, completing it in 1891. It was notably the first organ with adjustable-combination pedals to be operated by electricity. Its Gothic Revival architecture is among the most dramatic in the world; its interior is grand and colourful. Unusual for a church, the stained glass windows along the walls of the sanctuary depict scenes from the religious history of  Montreal.

About the stamps
The first stamp, depicting Spicebush Swallowtail, is part of a definitive series with butterflies, about which I wrote here.   The second, dedicated to Lydia Mendoza (1916-2007), is part of the series Music Icons, about which I wrote here.

Notre-Dame Basilica (Montreal) - Wikipedia

Sender: Denise
Sent from Greenvale (New York / United States), on 25.01.2014

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