Mount Royal cross gets makeover

Montreal's landmark electric cross on Mount Royal will be turned off Friday for renovations.

Montreal's landmark electric cross on Mount Royal will be turned off Friday to allow for renovations.

The 83-year-old cross will be repainted and outfitted with a new energy-efficient lighting system, which will include polychromatic bulbs to allow a greater variety of colours.

Makeover costs are expected to total $982,138, Plateau Mont Royal borough Mayor Helen Fotopoulos said.

The 31.4-metre cross was installed in 1924 and normally glows white, but turns purple as a sign of mourning when the pope dies.

The cross last glowed purple in April 2005 when Pope John Paul II died.