Discover the 10 best things to do and see in Old Québec. A stay is not complete without visiting these must-see attractions.
Churches and Religious Sites
An incredible wealth of religious diversity can be felt in one basilica, 2 cathedrals including a basilica-cathedral, 130 churches and 20 chapels including 10 conventual, all of which bear witness to the many origins that colonized the region: Catholics, Anglicans, and other Protestants. Explore the religious sites that bare witness to Québec City’s history.
Must-See Religious Sites
Jeff Frenette Photography
Le Monastère des Augustines
Notre-Dame de Québec Basilica-Cathedral, Daniel Abel
Notre-Dame de Québec Basilica-Cathedral
Notre-Dame de Québec was built in 1647, leading to the establishment of the first Roman Catholic parish north of the Spanish colonies.
- The only Holy Door outside Europe
- The spectacular baldachin over the altar and tabernacle like a miniature version of the one in St. Peter’s Basilica, Rome
- The tomb of St. François de Laval, Québec’s first bishop, canonized in 2014
- The crypt and resting place of bishops, as well as 4 governors of New France
Cathedral of the Holy Trinity
The first Anglican cathedral to be built outside the British Isles was constructed between 1800 and 1804. Designed by British Artillery officers and modelled on the famous church St Martin-in-the-Fields in London.
- The King's Gift: an exhibition of the superb silver Communion Service given to the Cathedral by King George III
- The Royal pew, with the Arms of King George III
- Monuments to British officers and aristocrats, including the Duke of Richmond, who gave the famous ball before the Battle of Waterloo
- A very rare English chamber organ, built in 1790 in London
- The fine stained-glass windows, many of which were made in London
Built on the remains of the second "habitation" of the founder of the city, it is the oldest stone church in Canada. Almost destroyed in the Battle of the Plains of Abraham in 1759, it was completely restored in 1816. Today, it remains an emblem of Old Québec.
- The tabernacle of Sainte-Geneviève chapel, the only original element
- The replica of the Brézé vessel, saved from the ruins of the Notre-Dame-de-Québec basilica-cathedral in 1759
- The tradition of buns blessed in memory of Saint Geneviève
The pilgrims have been coming to this site for over 350 years to pay homage to Saint Anne. Step inside and admire the glorious stained glass, paintings, mosaics, and stone and wooden sculptures that adorn the basilica.
- The vault, decorated in mosaics, that tell the life of Saint Anne
- The Way of the Cross where you can make a modern‑day pilgrimage along the path that takes you past 14 stations illustrating moments in the Passion of Christ
Monastère des Augustines
Augustinian Nuns built the continent’s first hospital north of Mexico in 1639. For nearly 400 years, they spent their lives caring for those suffering bodily and mental illnesses. They also played a role in the development of modern medicine.
- The harmonious blend of historical and modern architecture
- The 40,000 artifacts from 12 Augustinian monastery hospitals on display in the permanent exhibition, which traces the social and spiritual work of Québec’s Augustinian nuns through the centuries
Pôle culturel des Ursulines (Ursulines Monastery museum)
The Ursulines founded North America’s first school for girls here. They arrived at their current location in 1642.
- The chapel furnishings, including one of the oldest ensembles of sculpted wood in the city
- Musée des Ursulines, displaying the treasures of the oldest religious teaching community in the country, such as liturgical ornaments embroidered in gold in the 17th and 18th centuries
- In summer, the magnificent garden, recently opened to the public
Getting Married in Québec City
Plains of Abraham, Guy Lessard
A magical and romantic backdrop, a host of fine restaurants, world-renowned services—Québec City is the dream setting for a wedding that’s simply divine!
St. Matthews Cemetery, Chantal Gagnon
Explore these interesting cemeteries, they are whispers of history.
Québec City’s religious heritage, both material and spiritual, is unimaginably rich. Its places of worship and museum collections tell a fascinating story. Experience “Québec City: Beautiful and Spiritual” and explore a world where artists surpassed themselves in service to their faith.
Québec Religious and Spiritual Tourism Association
Continue your discovery of Québec's religious heritage with the Québec Religious and Spiritual Tourism Association.
4 Places for Christmas Shopping Read
5 Family Activities for Christmas Read
6 Magical Spots to Enjoy Québec City’s Holiday Sparkle Read
5 Best Activities to Get You in the Christmas Spirit Read
Christmas & Holiday Season in Québec City Read
The Best Restaurants for a Magical Holiday Meal in Québec City Read
Christmas and New Year in Québec City Watch
5 Reasons to Celebrate New Year’s in Québec City Read