Église St-Roch

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Église St-Roch information

Location
Québec City , Canada
Address
590 Rue St-Joseph Est
Telephone
+1 418 524 3577
More information
www.saint-roch.qc.ca
Opening hours
9am-5pm May-Oct, 10am-4pm Nov-Apr
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There are giants and then there is this, the biggest church in Québec City. Measuring over 80m long, 34m wide and 46m high including the steeples, it was built between 1914 and 1923. When the original architects died, the neo-Gothic, neo-Roman structure was finished off by Louis-Napoléon Audet, the same man who worked on the monumental Ste-Anne-de-Beaupré Basilica 35km to the east. The marble inside the church is from Saskatchewan. See if you can find faint fossil imprints in it.

In mid-August the church hosts its annual Bénédiction des Chiens (Benediction of the Dogs), an event unparalleled elsewhere in Canada. This is followed in September by the Festival International des Musiques Sacrées de Québec (Festival of Sacred Music). Both are wonderful times to see the church at its best.