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The next time you’re in downtown Montréal and want to get away from the hustle and bustle, stop by the stunning St. James United Church on Sainte-Catherine Street.
One of the city’s religious heritage gems built in 1889 by Methodist Loyalists who left New York City in the late 1700s, it was obscured by store fronts for 80 years—with only a garish neon sign pointing to its existence!
But all that changed in 2006 when a revitalization project exposed the extraordinary façade of the city’s largest Protestant church, as well as a new public square.
Go to see its spectacular stained-glass rose window, massive towers, gargoyles and High Victorian Gothic Revival architecture, or just sit and chill on its wide front steps. Inside, you can admire its soaring vaulted ceiling, ornate plasterwork and the massive pipes of its Casavant organ.
Come evening, you can bask in the glow of its beautifully illuminated façade and snap some very Instagram-worthy pics. In summer, you can also catch a concert as the church hosts a series showcasing local, national and international organists and musicians (freewill offering).
Sun, 11 a.m. to noon; Sat, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Sunday worship service, 11 a.m.