Work on the Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours Chapel began in 1657 at the prompting of Marguerite Bourgeoys, Ville-Marie's first teacher and the founder of the Congrégation de Notre-Dame, a religious order. The original wooden structure was rebuilt in stone and frequently altered; its present face dates from the late 19th century. The ceiling, decorated by painter Édouard Meloche between 1886 and 1891, illustrates the life of the Virgin.
The Marguerite-Bourgeoys Museum, connected to the Chapel, displays a number of important archaeological discoveries. The site served as an Amerindian camp some one thousand years ago; the foundations of the first chapel are here, along with evidence of the wooden palisade that surrounded the city before the stone fortifications were put in place. A lookout, accessible from inside, offers incomparable views of Old Montréal.
Now Suzanne takes your hand
Excerpt from the song Suzanne,