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St.Boniface Cathedral Basilica in Winnipeg, Canada.
View from within the the ruins of the original cathedral now serving as courtyard to the current basilica.

This basilica, Mother Church of Western Canada, is a place of worship, one of the greatest emblems of the City of Winnipeg, a popular tourist attraction, as well as a major architectural and artistic symbol in St. Boniface, Winnipeg, and Manitoba
Saint Boniface Cathedral is an important architectural feature of Saint Boniface, Manitoba, Canada, especially in the eyes of the Franco-Manitoban community. A priest who later became a bishop, Norbert Provencher, ordered its construction in 1818 in the form of a small log chapel. Thus the first page in the history of Saint Boniface and Saint Boniface Cathedral was written.
On July 22, 1968, the residents of Saint Boniface would lose their beloved cathedral to a raging fire. In 1972, a new cathedral, designed by Étienne Gaboury and Denis Lussier, would be built behind the 1906 façade. It is the principal church in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Saint Boniface.
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Jan 27 2012 22:05 GMT aquiles PRO
GREAT PICTURE AND WRITING !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Jan 27 2012 22:16 GMT wijnie58
Great architecture and a nice story John...:-))
Jan 28 2012 02:06 GMT T1MELESS PRO
It is sometimes nice to find out things other than just takeing a snapshot.Nice one John.
Jan 28 2012 04:44 GMT Sheila PRO
This reminds me of the church at Trono, Sweden. Similar scenario - original church destroyed by fire, facade kept, courtyard then new building.

I visited in 2004 to see and experience the hybrid organ there http://www.fotothing.com/Sheila/photo/a776f58df8f47d6e24793bf743f26c09/

What fascinated me was that they had an underfloor-heated footpath to the church! I must still have photos of that somewhere but it was before Fotothing started so it's not part of my photo diary.
Jan 28 2012 16:12 GMT laurab1
What great artchitecture, stunning photo !

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