Sainte Anne Basilica

We saw Sainte Anne Basilica the same day that we went in to Quebec City. I'm giving it a separate entry because it was MIND BLOWING. I saw Notre Dam when I was young, and I remember it being amazing. But in my adult life I don't remember ever seeing a cathedral, church or basilica as stunningly beautiful and spiritual-inspiring as Sainte Anne.

First of all, the ornateness and architectural features were intricate and elaborate. The layout of the basilica was also very interesting in that it had an alcove for (nearly?) every saint. I don't know my saints at all, so not sure if it covered all of them, but there sure were a lot that were feature in their own alcoves.

I was also inspired by the walls of crutches and walking sticks and such that indicated miracles had been experienced.

Finally, the "Stations of the Cross" were so moving. I'd never seen this before, given that I'm not Catholic nor religious. Apparently they are usually small statues or paintings. This basilica had a hillside that had life size statues of these events. It was incredibly powerful. First the first time in my life I understood the sacrifice and struggle that Christ endured. I can't even believe I just wrote that, but it's true.

I didn't take photos of the Stations of the Cross because it didn't feel "right" to do so. Not sure why, but it just didn't. So you'll just have to imagine them.

Here are photos of the Basilica: