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The Basilica of Notre Dame du Cap-de-la-Madeleine was built over a 9 year period and opened in 1964 next door to the original chapel I posted here yesterday.
There are many mystical stories to be told about this place but the most famous is that of The Ice Bridge. Growth of the community in the late 19th century necessitated the building of a new church but as the parish was poor they decided to demolish the old church and re-use the stone along with imported stone from across the river. The winter of 1878-9 was so mild that no ice had formed on the river so the parishioners began to pray for a big freeze to allow the much needed stone to be transported across. Fr. Désilets, parish priest at the time, vowed to Our Lady that if she answered their prayers he would leave the old church standing and dedicate the parish to the Her patronage. Months went by with no ice then in March of 1879 their prayers were answered with the overnight formation of an ice bridge which lasted for 9 days, allowing the transportation of all the necessary stone to commence the building work. The old church was retained and dedicated on June 22, 1888 as Notre-Dame-du-Cap.
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