Architectural heritage

Saint-Michel's Church

 

Église Saint-Paul

This fifth and current church of Percé took three years to build (spring of 1900 to 1903) following the1898 plans of Montreal architect Joseph Venne (1859-1925).

The building offers a fine combination of both Byzantine and Roman styles. Its main square section is flanked by two lateral chapels and extends out to a semi-circular sanctuary that joins onto an octagonal sacristy. Its walls, which sit upon argillaceous sandstone foundations and roughly squared off irregular beds, are made of reddish-brown sandstone from the surrounding area and are adorned with rough-bossage quarry stones. Bushhammered sandstone was used solely for the opening jambs as well as for some of the church’s main facade decorations including a raised cross-bridging listel and a rosace bearing the Star of David. The steeple spires were never completed and concrete pinnacles sit atop each angle of the steeples. Galvanized steel on the main roof of the church, the sacristy, the chapels and the great steeple now replaces the original cedar-shingle roofing. Cock-bead steel covers the roof of the smaller steeple as well as the structure joining the church to the sacristy.

This place of worship is dedicated to Archangel Michael.

 
     
  57, rue de l'Église, Percé