Left to right: (a) A view of the entire church. (b) View of the interior looking toward the altar.. [Click on these images for larger pictures.]
. 1905. According to the information signage outside the church, Léo Melanson, who was illiterate, “masterminded the construction from blueprints of a stone church in France. This amazing structure was buit between 1903 and 1905 with the aide of 1500 volunteers. . . . The seventy-foot columns are entire Norwegian Red Spruce tree trunks covered with plaster.” L'Église Sainte-Marie is one of the largest — and perhaps the largest — wooden churches in America.
Left to right: (a) Towers on the side of the steeple. (b) Close-up view of the interior ceiling showing wood-plank construction and one of the paintings by Louis St, Hilaire. (a) View from the altar. [Click on these images for larger pictures.]
Photographs by George P. Landow. [You may use these images without prior permission for any scholarly or educational purpose as long as you (1) credit the photographer and (2) link your document to this URL in a web document or cite it in a print one.]
“The Acadians at Work.” Information signage outside Église Sainte-Marie, Church Point, Nova Scotia.
Last modified 8 August 2014