Saint-Léon of Westmount Church (Westmount)
Discover Saint-Léon of Westmount Church, an exceptional site with a history and a tradition
Saint-Léon Church has a magnificent decor of features: exceptional frescoes and stained-glass windows; marble, wood, and bronze furniture sumptuously sculpted; and pietra duramarble wall panels, which are artistic jewels in their own right. These characteristics, along with the fact that their being achieved and designed entirely by artist Guido Nincheri, make Saint-Léon Church unique in Canada, and possibly in North America. Recognition of this church may have perhaps exceeded the expectations of the architect behind this great achievement, Father Oscar Gauthier. Saint-Léon’s artisans have handed down more than beautiful works of art: they have left as heritage a reference monument, a witness.
This visit includes 22 audio stops.
- 1 - Introduction
- 2 - Foundation of the Parish
- 3 - Georges-Alphonse Monette
- 4 - The Church, Its History and Its Architecture
- 5 - Division of the Parish, Environment and Designation
- 6 - Narthex
- 7 - Musical Excerpt
- 8 - The Apse Fresco: Leo I, Pope and Doctor of the Church Facing
- 9 - Interior Architecture
- 10 - Extent of the Work
- 11 - Le curé Oscar Pierre Gauthier
- 12 - Artist Guido Nincheri
- 13 - The Frescoes: Technique and Themes
- 14 - The Stained-glass Windows: Technique and Themes
- 15 - The Stained-glass Windows: Technique and Themes (continuation)
- 16 - The Stations of the Cross
- 17 - The Confessionals
- 18 - The pietra dura The
- 19 - The Chancel Furniture
- 20 - The Gallery: Balustrade and Organ
- 21 - Musical Excerpt
- 22 - Conclusion
For more information, please visit the Saint-Léon of Westmount parish website.
© Québec religious Heritage Council, February 2013
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