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architecture: May 2012 Archives

Quebec's Religious Heritage

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Did you know there are an estimated 600 places of worship in Montreal?

It seems there is a church every few blocks, but as fewer and fewer Quebecers are filling the pews, we must find other uses for these historic buildings. 

One controversial way to re-use of churches is to convert them into condominiums. 

CBC reporter Catherine Cullen took a tour of a condominium owned by Jean-Jacques Berjot and his family.
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For a more historical view, we turned to Clarence Epstein. He is the author of a new book Montreal City of Spires.

Jeanette followed along with her microphone as Clarence Epstein lead a walking tour of churches in downtown Montreal. 
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