St. Michael and St. Anthony of Mile End

St. Michael & St. Anthony's exterior

Exterior of St. Michael & St. Anthony church in Mile End. Photo credit: photohp on Flickr (links to photo credits at the bottom of entry)

We’re back! I’ve got a bunch of blog entries floating in my mind (and pictures for them floating–so to speak–in the memory card of my cell phone), so expect more entries soon! We apologize for the delay in entries again, but I really want to get back on track with posting. Thanks to everyone who still stops by to see us!

We are getting ready to move again, so I thought I’d do a post about something in Mile End, where we’re moving. We’re very sad to leave our amazing apartment in Villeray, and our amazing landlord, Thomas, who is, without a doubt, the best landlord in Montreal, and possibly the world. Anyway, we needed to downsize so that we can save more money for me to go back to school to study fashion design. We found a great little apartment in Mile End, which we’re very excited about. The location is amazing, especially since we had our hearts set on Mile End.

We spend a lot of time in Mile End, and I’m sure we’ll have more posts about the neighborhood in the future. This past weekend, we finally ventured inside the amazing Byzantine style church, St. Michel and St. Anthony (originally St. Michael, but nearby St. Anthony parish merged with it in 1964). Since its construction in 1914, it’s been a Mile End architectural treasure and landmark.

The architect responsible was Aristide Beaugrand-Champagne, who was inspired by the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul. The dome was the largest in Montreal until St. Joseph’s Oratory was built, but the church still remains a landmark. The pièce de résistance, however, is inside. It was “decorated” (that word somehow seems inadequate, though) by Guido Nincheri, dubbed by one source the “Michelangelo of Montreal”. Nincheri, a Florentine-born Montreal painter, painted other famous churches in the city.

Did I mention that they offer services in English and Polish? And Pope John Paul II visited the church in 1969, when he was a cardinal. Okay, I’ll stop boring you with facts and move on to the pictures!

St. Michael dome, interior. Photo credit: angrysong on Flickr

View of Mile End and St. Michael

View of Mile End and St. Michael. Photo credit: DubyDub2009 on Flickr

St. Michael Rose Windows. Photo credit: angrysong on Flickr

Photo credits:
dubydub09: http://www.flickr.com/photos/urbexplo/
angrysong: http://www.flickr.com/photos/angrysong/
photohp: http://www.flickr.com/photos/54652095@N00/

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One response to “St. Michael and St. Anthony of Mile End

  1. The semi-circular rose window details are amazing, and the colors (light blue in the interior dome, peach in the stained glass) are quite interesting considering it’s based on Byzantine design! I’m guessing the green parts of the roof are oxidized copper?

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