A number of artists are posting something to do with doors today (Wednesday, March 12th) - a poem, a photo, a painting... or something else creative! At the end of my posting, you will find a list of links to the blogs of others who are participating in this project. Be sure to check out what they have done!
Last summer, my husband and I flew to Quebec City, in the province of Quebec, Canada to meet up with his sisters and spouses for a 5 day vacation. We stayed in a beautiful heritage house Bed and Breakfast 15 minutes outside of Quebec City, and travelled around the area exploring the amazing historical aspects of this part of Canada. This picture is of one of the copper doors at the entrance to the Basilica of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupre which is about 30 kilometres (19 miles) east of Quebec City. Click on the picture to see a close up of the figures and art work around the edges.
The first Catholic chapel built on this site was completed in 1658. A second and third church were built on this site before the first basilica was built and opened in 1876. This building was destroyed by fire on March 29, 1922. The present day basilica was built on the same site.
This church is well known for the miracles which supposedly have occurred even as it was being constructed. Just after entering the church, there are 2 huge pillars which are filled with racks of crutches, canes and braces from people who reported being healed. About half a million pilgrims visit this place every year - perhaps also hoping for healing.
In addition to these incredible copper doors, the church boasts 240 stained glass windows, which beautifully diffuse the outside light. The ends of the pews are carved with figures and animals, depicting the story of creation. There are also a number of 18th century sculptures, artworks, and geometrical designs and mosaics throughout the 2 levels of this massive building.
If you ever visit Quebec City, be sure to take the 30 minute drive out to see this historical building. It is well worth the effort!
And now, here are the others whose blogs you should visit. :-)