The Quebec City holy door at the Cathedral Basilica Notre-Dame-de-Quebec is now closed for the next 9 years.
Celebrating its 350th anniversary in 2014, the Notre-Dame-de-Québec Basilica received an inestimable gift to highlight the feast of the Immaculate Conception!
Offered by the Vatican, the Quebec City Holy Door is the first door to be built outside of Europe. Only 7 Holy Doors exist to this day around the world, in Italy, Spain, France and now in Quebec City. Quebec City Holy Door opened December 8th, 2013 and has been blessed by the Archbishop of Quebec itself Mgr. Gérald Cyprien Lacroix. More than 1,000 people, including the Quebec City Mayor, Mr. Régis Labeaume, and ministers Agnès Maltais and Maka Kotto, were present at the Notre-Dame-de-Quebec Basilica. The Quebec City Holy Door is carved in bronze and depicts Christ and Mary and is now an important historical monument in the Catholic community of Quebec City.
Symbolizing the passages of the faithful life, the Quebec City holy Door is an important landmark for pilgrims and was open during the full year of Jubilee, until December 28th, 2014. The door was normally supposed to remain closed until the next Jubilee Church Catholic in 2025. However, Pope Francis has announced a Jubilee year to mark the second anniversary of his pontificate. The holy door at the Cathedral Basilica Notre-Dame-de-Quebec was reopened on December 12th 2015 until November 13, 2016, as well as the six other holy doors into the world, to the delight of pilgrims that will be able to pass through. Thereafter, the Quebec City Holy door will be sealed for the next 9 years and will reopen in 2025, year of the next Catholic Jubilee.
Notre-Dame-de-Quebec was the first Catholic diocese in North America and its importance has been emphasized by Pope Francis during its Sunday Angelus in St. Peter’s Square, December 8th, 2013. Honoring the importance of Notre-Dame-de-Quebec parish, the Pope himself launched the Quebec parish’s Jubilee.
After being visited by 325,000 pilgrims since its inauguration, the holy door of the Cathedral Basilica Notre-Dame-de-Quebec was sealed on November 13, 2016.
The American Bus Association which consist of nearly 1000 bus companies and tour operators, has named the Holy Door of Quebec City one of the most important tourist events in Canada for 2016, which places it second in its list of 100 best events in the US and Canada.
In addition, Quebec City is full of religious monuments you must visit. Whether to see the Notre-Dame-des-Victoires Church, the Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupre Basilica or many Catholics museums such as the Augustine Museum, the religious heritage of Quebec offers an impressive array of holy places for your pilgrimage in Quebec City.