Saint-Basile Church

Saint-Basile Church

Saint-Basile Church

Constructed in 1934, the Saint-Basile Church is a rectangular brick building influenced by Gothic Revival architecture, featuring two bell towers on its façade. The church can be found on Principale Street in Saint-Basile.

Saint-Basile Church

Saint-Basile Church is designated a Local Historic Place for its location, its architecture, and its locally designed interior elements. 

Saint-Basile Church. Photo by Société historique du Madawaska
Photo by Société historique du Madawaska

The heritage value of the Saint-Basile Church lies in the fact that it was built on the site of two previous churches dating back to 1792.

Saint Basile Church

Saint-Basile Church

The site is located in the first parish of Madawaska, and the third oldest parish in New Brunswick. 

Saint-Basile Church

The heritage value of the Saint-Basile Church is also linked to its Gothic Revival-inspired design. Despite the desire of the bishop at the time, Msgr. Patrice-Alexandre Chiasson, to maintain the modest exterior appearance of the previous church for historical reasons, he approved the inclusion of two bell towers in the new church’s design. This decision resulted in a more majestic Gothic Revival presence.

Saint-Basile Church. Photo by Société historique du Madawaska
Photo by Société historique du Madawaska

Noteworthy elements of the interior consist of the Stations of the Cross, the baptistery, and the pulpit, all of which were sculpted by artist Claude J. Thériault, a Saint-Basile native.

Saint-Basile Church Rectory
Saint-Basile Church Rectory

 

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