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preserve the history of the founder and patriarch of the family, Albert Gilles. Born in Paris in 1895, Gilles learned cop- per embossing from his aunt and brought his skills to the U.S. in the 1930s. He first created works of art for automotive executives in Detroit and for the rich and famous in California. When Pope Pius XII commissioned Gilles to create an ornate chalice of gold and silver to commemo- rate the 300th anniversary of Montréal, Gilles immigrated to Canada and turned his talent toward religious subjects. One of his most famous works is the main door of the Shrine of Sainte-Anne de Beaupré, an intricately embossed all-copper door that depicts Biblical scenes. “We welcome 80,000-100,000 visi- tors of many faiths each year from all over the world,” explains Palmyre Gilles of Copper Art Studio and Museum. “Many faith travelers are inspired by Christorama, the museum exhibit of my father’s 50 hand-embossed copper panels depicting the life of Christ. I have seen some even moved to tears.” Visitors can also see Albert Gilles’ work in area churches. “Many tour groups visit our studio and museum before continu- ing on to the Basilica of Sainte-Anne de Beaupré just 10 minutes away. My father designed the massive and intricately decorated copper door of this basilica as well as some interior accent pieces.” When asked what visitors like the most about visiting her family’s studio and museum, Gilles replied, “Maybe what they most enjoy … and admire, is to see our family carrying on 91 years of tradition, from father to daughter to granddaughter.” Food Québec City offers more restau- rants per capita than any other city in North America. It has its own culinary identity that combines formal French cuisine with rich, meat-heavy Québec staples. You can try local delicacies such as smoked meat or tarte au sucre (sugar pie) made with Québec’s famous maple syrup. At Saint-Benoit Abbey in the Shrines of Québec Québec’s National Shrines was founded in 2009 to promote awareness and tourism of the five Catholic shrines located in the Canadian province. Visited by more than four million pilgrims and tourists each year, the following sites offer a glimpse into the history of the Christian faith in Canada and North America. stands as evidence of the perseverance and faith of the early pioneers and pilgrims wh o settled in Canada. Shrine of Sainte-Anne de Beaupré Founded in 1658, this shrine, the second-oldest pilgrim- age site in North America, is dedicated to Saint Anne, the grandmother of Jesus. With more than 350 years of his- tory, this cathedral welcomes almost 1 million visitors annu- ally from all over the world, regardless of race or religion. It is located 20 minutes outside of Québec City. Ermitage Sainte-Antoine de Lac-Bouchette Saint Joseph’s Oratory of Mount Royal This shrine, founded in 1904, is the largest in the world dedicated to Saint Joseph. Visitors are treated to beautiful music, exhibits of more than 200 nativity scenes from 100 different countries, and unmatched views of Montréal from the shrine’s mountainside location. This shrine was founded in 1907 and is located 250 miles north of Québec City in the midst of a breathtaking land- scape of evergreens and rolling hills. Visitors can take a guided tour, visit the museum, hike parts of the 130-mile Kapatakan Trail or simply enjoy the tranquility of nature surrounding this shrine. For more information about the Shrines of Québec, contact Francois Jean Viel at or visit This shrine is located in the Mauricie region on the shores of the Saint Lawrence River and is dedicated to Mary, the mother of Jesus. Welcoming more than a half million pil- grims every year, the site includes a chapel built in 1714 and a modern basilica, completed in 1964, with beautiful stained glass windows. Notre-Dame de Québec Basilica-Cathedral A UNESCO World Heritage site, Notre-Dame de Québec is located in Old Québec City and was founded in 1647. The first cathedral and Catholic place of worship founded north of Mexico, it was instrumental in the development of Québec, Canada and North America over the years and 22 April/May 2018 Our Lady of the Cape