A symbol of French cultural heritage in North America, the Saint-Sulpice Seminary is testament to Montréal’s religious past and present. Not only the oldest building in Old Montréal, it is also one of the oldest in North America to still be used for its original purpose as home to members of the Society of Priests of Saint-Sulpice.
The seminary was erected between 1684 and 1687, then expanded some twenty years later by the Messrs of Saint-Sulpice who ran the Notre-Dame parish and were “seigneurs” of the island of Montréal for nearly two centuries.
Designated a National Historic Site in 1981, it is a prime example of the institutional architecture in New France. The seminary is a large U-shaped building featuring well-preserved architectural elements and ornamentation. Its façade of rough-cut limestone showcases a neoclassical-style entrance gate with Ionic columns built in 1740. A clock dating back to 1701 is thought to be the oldest public clock in America.
A visit of the Seminary and its heritage garden offers insight into the seigniorial regime and the spread of Catholicism in Montréal. An exhibition of books, archives, visual documents and precious artefacts denotes the contribution of the Messrs of Saint-Sulpice during the second half of the 17th century, leading to present-day Montréal.
May 29 to Sep 1, 2019: Sun, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, 1 p.m.; Sun, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, 3 p.m.
- Family Activity
- Guided Tour
- Child admission: $9
- Student admission: $13
- Adult admission: $16
- Senior admission: $13
- Cooperatives and non-profit organizations