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Saint Boniface Basilica, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada 13

Saint Boniface Basilica, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada 13

Description : In 1818, two young Roman Catholic priests stepped ashore at Red River, after a grueling two-month journey through the wilderness from Quebec, to establish the first outpost of Christianity in the Northwest. One of them was named Joseph-Norbert Provencher (1787-1853). He constructed a small log chapel, which he dedicated to Saint Boniface, an English missionary monk who spread the Catholic faith among the early Germanic tribes in the 8th century A.D.

A proper church building in 1825 then replaced this chapel, which featured a bell tower. A twin towered church was then built in 1839 and was constructed of stone which rose over 100 feet high making it an impressive landmark on the prairie horizon. This third building was destroyed by fire in 1860 and another church built in 1863. This one became known as Mgr. Taché,s cathedral in honor of Bishop Alexandre-Antonin Taché (1823-1894), the bishop who played a major role in the life of Louis Riel by sending him to school in Montreal when Louis was a boy of fourteen.

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