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Basilica of St. Anne de Beaupre by George Cousins

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The following information is the same as I used for my night shot of the Shrine. The photo was taken the next day when the weather had moderated a little, in the spring of 1954.

“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

The camera was an Exakta Varex 35mm. SLR using Kodachrome film, ASA 10.F2.0 Biotar Lens, processed by a photo lab in 1954. 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

    Very interesting read George, well documented

  • Thanks Larry, there’s a lot more interesting stuff about the place, I’ll try to get something different on the next post eventually. I have a couple of the interior that are interesting.

    – George Cousins

  • Mike Oxley
    Mike Oxleyover 5 years ago

    Beautiful shot, George. Very interesting history. And I love the fact it was shot in 1954.

  • Thanks Mike, glad you liked it. Never thought when I took it that it would ever appear on anything like RB. How could we imagine what lay ahead :)

    – George Cousins

  • TEEJAY1309
    TEEJAY1309over 5 years ago

    This is so beautiful. I have two very small broze & gold, heavey statuettes of St. Anne de Beaupre that were my grandmothers. She bought them here from Ireland back in the early 1900’s.

  • Glad you liked it. The statuettes must be quite beautiful. There is a statue of St. Anne in the Basilica, I have a photo of it that I’ll post in a few days, it’s probably not exactly the same but may be interesting to see.

    – George Cousins

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