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Montreal Moments – Part 4 (The Photos)

Montreal (gallery)

Cathedral-Basilica Mary Queen of the World

Our first stop was very close to the hotel. In several ways this was my favorite of the 3 cathedrals we visited. It was the first cathedral I’ve been too (I might have been to the National Cathedral in DC, but don’t remember it). Being downtown, it is not in Old Montreal, thus far from tourists. In fact, there were only a handful of people. It was very clean, almost ‘modern’, and from a photography standpoint, very well lit. Granted most of my shots were at ISO 1600, but they came out very well.

Construction on the cathedral began in 1870. It is a scaled-down (~half) replica of St. Peter’s in Rome. Definitely something you don’t want to miss.

Notre-Dame Basilica of Montreal

Our second stop was to the most well-known cathedral in Montreal. I did not get a good photo of the front. It looks rather short, until you notice how small the people and the light posts are. Anyway, we went on a weekday and it was packed. I can’t imagine how crowded it is on the weekend. Make sure you check the web site first, as that’s where they list upcoming closings. There is a small admission fee ($5 CAD, I believe).

Construction began in 1824, so this one is about 50 years older. There’s a million things to photograph, especially with the intricate details throughout. You can’t tell in this photo, but it was seriously dark. My 17-55 2.8 lens got a good workout here. ISO 1600 or 3200 most of the time. What I should have done was try to balance the camera on a pew, for low ISO, long shutter speed shots.

This is probably my favorite photo. It’s a panorama, fairly detailed. Unfortunately the top got cut off. Guess I need a wider lens!

Since I was in a hurry (as always), I did not take the time to read the brochure. Where I would have found out about the chapel in the back. Fortunately, I stumbled upon it. Small, but much better lit. No photos online of the whole thing but here is one of the side displays:

Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours Chapel

I had read about this online, but had forgotten that I wanted to stop here. We stumbled upon it by chance. It is not tall, and easy to miss in the crowd of building. One of the first buildings in Montreal, the chapel was originally constructed in 1655 and rebuilt at after a fire in 1754.

There was orchestra practicing when we arrived, oddly enough. While it was very nice listening, we were prevented from going very far past the entrance. Instead we visited the archaeological site underground and the museum above. The nice thing about this little chapel is that you are given free reign to wander as you please. This includes hiking up the narrow, twisting stairs to the top of the chapel. You can see all of the harbor with nothing to block your view. No fences, no bars.

So that’s it for the photos. We also stopped at the science museum at the port. It was actually pretty decent. We somehow spent a few hours playing (literally) with all the exhibits. We did not make it to the planetarium or the annual fireworks show. With such an early flight out, we elected to sleep instead. Mount Royal was also skipped. That leaves plenty to see on the next trip!

Categories: Photography, Vacation
  1. yoyo
    August 21, 2009 at 2:41 pm

    your camera is awesome

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