The Shrine of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré, located only 20 minutes from Québec City, welcomes more than a million visitors annually. For over 350 years, people of all ages have been gathering at this shrine dedicated to Saint Anne, the grandmother of Jesus. Discover its extraordinary history through numerous artistic masterpieces: paintings, mosaics, stained-glass windows, stone and wooden sculptures, etc. Liturgical celebrations, including daily Mass, are offered. Other services include an audioguide in four languages, a cafeteria, a gift shop, lodging, etc. At the Saint Anne Museum, discover the rich history of devotion to Saint Anne. Admire many works of art, as well as the largest collection of ex-votos in North America.
The Shrine of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré has been a place of pilgrimage for the past 350 years. It has never stopped growing despite numerous obstacles. There is one common thread that can explain how such a phenomenon could exist for so long: faith in God and confidence in Saint Anne.
Firstly, this phenomenon is tied to the Christian Faith, a link in the great chain of salvation history. We discovered Saint Anne through her blood relationship with Jesus the Redeemer. She was the Mother of the Virgin Mary and the grandmother of Jesus, a woman of Jewish faith who believed in the God of the Bible. Secondly, people have confidence in Saint Anne. She has always given astounding proof of her presence and affection towards her grandchildren, to such an extent that Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré has been called "The Land of Miracles". Since the very early days of the French colony, this devotion has been at the heart of our people. It has enlightened them and helped them face hardships and difficulties of all kinds, by giving them a source of light and consolation, of comfort and joy.