If you're interested in religious history, or just in the mood for a scenic leisurely drive along the St. Lawrence River, you won't want to miss this trip to the world-renowned shrine of Ste. Anne de Beaupre. With over one-and-a-half million visitors and pilgrims making their way to the shrine each year, Ste. Anne has become one of the most important Catholic sites in North America. After a narration by your guide en route, you'll be able to independently enjoy the lovely grounds and major sites of Ste. Anne de Beaupre. Built in medieval style, the most prominent structure is the Basilica. The impressive cross-shaped building is covered with granite and lit by over 200 stained glass windows. The Scala Santa, built in 1891, contains a replica of the Holy Stairs which Christ climbed before being sentenced to death by Pontius Pilate. The Memorial Chapel was built to commemorate the third church constructed on the site. Departing Ste. Anne, a stop will be made at the spectacular Montmorency Falls. Cascading down a 272-foot (83 meter) cliff, Montmorency is one-and-a-half times as high as Niagara Falls. At the Albert Gilles Copper Art Museum, be seduced by the art form of repousse, masterfully interpreted by the craftsman Albert Gilles whose talent served prestigious people like Pope Pius XII and Walt Disney. Also admire the 'Life of Christ' in 50 hand-wrought silver panels (15 years of labor). His work can be found in Ste-Anne-de-Beaupre Basilica as well as in many churches throughout the north.
Note: Walking at the different stops is mostly on level ground, with some cobblestone streets. Access to Montmorency Falls is possible for guests with walking limitations or in a wheelchair. There are 20 steps to reach the basilica (ramp available), 20 steps at the memorial chapel and 85 steps at the Scala Santa.
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