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Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupre Basilica

 

 

This monument is located a few minutes from Chalets-Village's country homes.

 

 

Ste-Anne-de-Beaupré Basilica, located 5 minutes from Chalets-Village
 

The basilica in Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupre was initially a shrine to honour Saint Anne.

On March 8, 1658, a man by the name of Etienne de Lessard donated two frontal acres from the West end of his property to the Catholic Church so that a chapel could be built. This chapel eventually became the site of the modern-day basilica. It was built for two reasons: to provide a place of worship for the new settlers in the area and to house a marvellous statue of St. Anne. 

The first reported miracle at the site happened during the shrine’s construction. A man named Louis Guimond was hired to help build the shrine even though he suffered from rheumatism. After placing three stones upon the shrine’s foundation, Guimond was cured of all his ailments. This was followed by other testimonies of healed people and the shrine soon grew in popularity. Many pilgrims came to the shrine hoping to receive a miracle while others like Anne of Austria supported the shrine from their homes.
 

Because of the popularity of the shrine, the building was enlarged several times to accommodate all the pilgrims. In 1876, the first basilica opened for worship. The dimensi ons of the basilica, including the side chapels, were 158 × 77 m (200ʹ × 100ʹ). The first basilica was destroyed in a fire on March 29, 1922. The present-day basilica was built on the site of the prior church in 1926. Miracles are still believed to be performed at the basilica.

When entering the church one can see two pillars filled with racks of crutches, canes, braces, and other signs of disabilities. Every item has been left by a pilgrim who reports being healed at the basilica.

The wooded hillside next to it has a memorial chapel and a Way of the Cross, with life-sized Stations of the Cross.

Sainte-Anne-de Beaupre Santuary direct site


 

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