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Visiting Longueuil's Saint-Antoine-de-Padoue Co-Cathedral, Québec: A Study in Gothic Verticality
A profusion of points skyward!
Set in a leafy area of Vieux-Longueuil (Old Longueuil), Saint-Antoine-de-Padoue Co-Cathedral, built in 1884, is truly a study in Gothic verticality!
Its huge spire — 81 metres high — is taller than the building is long: 74 metres. The building's width is 41 metres. These dimensions seem only to enhance the sense of verticality, with a profusion of Gothic pinnacles.
So here we see Gothic design expressed in a flourish: pinnacles, arches, flying buttresses: seemingly all in profusion. There is a fine example of a rose window.
A crowning architectural feature in Byzantine style is the large, octagonal dome.
One can easily see how the Medieval cathedrals of France exercised a design influence in the building's architects. The two architects responsible were Albert Ménard and Henri-Maurice Perrault (1), with assistance on the façade from sculptor Louis-Philippe Hébert.
The Co-Cathedral (as it is now designated) was begun in 1884, with the main work on the building being undertaken in the years immediately after this date; completion was achieved in 1911.
The building was restored in 1930.
October 11, 2017
(1) Other works by Architect Perrault include Montréal's Hôtel de ville.
Some sourcing: Wikipedia
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In Longueuil itself, Maison Daniel-Poirier dates from 1750; close to the Co-Cathedral are some remains of Fort Longueuil, fortified residence of New France's Governor Charles le Moyne de Longueuil (1656-1729).
Montréal (distance: 5 kilometres) The architectural and cultural attractions of Montreal are too numerous to mention here, but of special note, among many others, are the domed Bonsecours Market (Marché Bonsecours), dating from 1847, which was a venue used to house the Parliament of United Canada, prior to Confederation. The Notre-Dame Basilica (Basilique Notre-Dame de Montréal ) was built mainly between 1824 and 1829; many Montrealers attend annual performances of Handel's 'Messiah' there. The Olympic Stadium (Stade Olympique) in the Hochelaga-Maisonneuve district, used for the 1976 Olympics, has the the world's tallest inclined tower, at 175 metres.
How to get there: Longueuil may be reached via Routes 132, 134, 112 and 15-10 from Montréal. Air Canada flies to Montreal (Aéroport international Pierre-Elliott-Trudeau de Montréal) from Toronto-Pearson, and from New York-Newark and New York-La Guardia, with wide connections. A number of car rental companies offer service at Montreal-Trudeau airport. Longueuil-Université-de-Sherbrooke station connects to Métro de Montréal. The AMT train (Mont-Saint-Hilaire line) from Montréal stops at Saint-Lambert and Longueuil-Saint-Hubert. Please check with the airline or your travel agent for up to date information.
MJFenn is an independent travel writer based in Ontario, Canada.
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