Saturday, May 6, 2017

A Peaceful Place For Eternity

I have a post in my writer's blog today scheduled to go live when this one does. It's part rant, part explanation of the stress I've been under in the last few months, stress which is fortunately now in the past. Go and have a look at it.

Carrying on, there are a number of these dark gravestones in Notre Dame Cemetery, each marked with the insignia of a religious order, with the names of nuns interred together. These are the Sisters of Charity, or Grey Nuns, as they are also called, a legacy of an extraordinary woman named Elizabeth Bruyere, who led a mission of nuns from Montreal to Ottawa in 1845, establishing schools, a hospital, and other services. Her hospital carries on today and is named in her honour. Her name is found among these graves, on the pillar at the heart of the group.

Here is the other section of the cemetery designated for war graves.

It was a pleasant day to be out and about visiting the cemetery. Tomorrow I'll start to show you Beechwood, the other cemetery in this area that I visited. There was a place between the two cemeteries where I also stopped in at, but that I'm leaving for the next theme day, along with some material for another theme day.


  1. ...William, such a lovely cemetery! The stones are so dramatic with the large cross for the Sisters of Charity. The Angel for DesRosiers and the next angel (I can't make out the name) are favorites. Enjoy a stress free weekend.

  2. Such a peaceful setting. Lovely, detailed sculptures - especially the leaning angel in the 4th last photo.

  3. The difference between the private graves and the plots reserved for war graves is rather poignant, so many rows of fallen soldiers.

  4. @Whisk: both are good, but the leaning one really stands out.

    @Tom: I think the one name is LaRose. It is an old tomb.

    @Marianne: they are.

    @Revrunner: it is!

    @Gemma: I like that one particularly.

    @Marleen: it is!

    @Grace: a lot of them served. Having had looked at the dates, many died long after, but their service entitled them to military funerals.

  5. A very fine cemetery. I've heard of Elizabeth before and was glad to be reminded of her work. Love the sculptures!

  6. Worthy place of contemplation. Thanks William

  7. It is a beautiful place William and Elizabeth must have been an amazing lady. Glad the stress is now in the past. Wishing you a very relaxing weekend :)

  8. Lots of great memorial markers and history in this cemetery.

  9. Very impressive memorial stones. Very peaceful place too!

  10. Looks like there are lots of interesting monuments in this place.

  11. gorgeous angel, peaceful looking. i love it when they have rows like that ... so pleasing to the eye or for photos. but then you think of the ones who we have lost ... life has it such sad moments. what a lovely way to remember or think of the ones who past on.
    ( ;

  12. Beautiful monuments and a lovely setting.

  13. Schöne und beeindreuckende Grabsteine. Ein Ort der Stille und der Erinnerung.


  14. @Lowell: I think at some point or another I've mentioned her. I know I've featured the hospital in the background of the occasional shot in Lowertown- it's a neighbour of the Kuwaiti embassy, and very close to the National Gallery.

    @Cloudia: you're welcome!

    @Denise: I feel better now.

    @Red: it was quite a place to explore.

    @Nancy: I liked coming out here.

    @Sharon: there's a lot of history and a lot of different styles of tombstones.

    @Francisco: thank you.

    @Beth: it's such a peaceful place, I found, even in the middle of an urban environment.

    @Linda: it was a pretty place.

    @Noke: thank you.

  15. Looks like a lovely cemetery. I find cemeteries to be very peaceful and enjoyable for photography.

  16. Some beautiful sculptures in a nice peaceful place. I always enjoy walking around reading the inscriptions, dates and taking photos.

  17. That's quite a large cemetery. Some of those monuments are quite extravagant.

  18. Just read your ither blog so a a I could see where you were going with the start of this post. Glad you are now in a better frame of mind and less stressed.

  19. I like capture of war cemetery the most.

  20. The angels are beautiful. The military section reminds me a great deal of Jefferson Barracks here.

  21. It looks wonderful, and your photographs are good to see, especially against a lovely blue sky.

    All the best Jan

  22. @SRQ: I agree.

    @Bill: I do too.

    @Kay: it is a good size.

    @Beatrice: being clear of that miserable SOB helped enormously.

    @Klara: thank you.

    @Norma: thanks!

    @Jan: thank you.

    @Jennifer: that they are.