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“The Basilica of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré is a basilica set along the Saint Lawrence River in the Province of Quebec, Canada, 30 kilometres (19 miles) east of Quebec City. It has been credited by the Roman Catholic Church with many miracles of curing the sick and disabled. It is an important Catholic sanctuary which receives about a half-million pilgrims each year. The peak period of pilgrimage is around July 26, the feast of Saint Anne, the patron saint of Quebec.”
The above information quoted (approximately) from Wikipedia.

Several churches have been built on the site, the first being in 1658,during which the healing of Louis Guimond was the first recorded miracle.
The Second Church was built of both wood and stone, and occupied the period 1661-1676.
The third church was a place of worship for two centuries, from 1676 to 1876 and was demolished in 1878.
The fourth church (first Basilica )lasted from 1876 to 1922. It was much larger and honoured Saint Anne who was proclaimed patroness of the province of Québec. The Basilica was destroyed by fire on March 29, 1922.
The present Basilica was constructed in 1923

I was able to visit the shrine for the first time in 1954, and took this image late in the evening using only the available light from the shrine’s own illumination systems.
The camera was an Exakta Varex 35mm. SLR using Kodachrome film, ASA 10. Using a tripod but memory fails me as to exposure time. Scanned in 2004 with a Canoscan 4000DPI scanner.


  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppover 5 years ago

    Well documented, a most interesting read…well taken George

  • Thanks Larry, glad you liked it. I’m going to try to get back again and get some others. It was very poor weather the last time, that night shot was in a fairly heavy rain as I recall.

    – George Cousins

  • Stan Wojtaszek
    Stan Wojtaszekover 5 years ago

    Good capture, at the best of times, never mind ASA 10 !!
    As Larry mentioned, excellent write up as well !

  • Thanks Stan. I have a few others I took on that trip which I’m going to post eventually.Unfortunately the weather wasn’t so good and I was squeezing in a weekend from going off in the boonies to fix a radar station, so time was a premium.

    – George Cousins

  • Marie Sharp
    Marie Sharpover 5 years ago

  • Very many thanks Marie, a wonderful surprise to see first thing in the morning! Gets my day off to a great start!

    – George Cousins

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