Welcome to Notre-Dame-des-Anges, the smallest municipality in Québec!
Allow us to share with you 400 years of history, as told by people who have shaped this place since the origins of Québec City.
The establishment of the Récollets
In 1620, the Récollets friars established their first convent here at the request of Champlain, founder of Québec City. This mission, led by the Récollet Jean Dolbeau, aimed at building an ideal city called Ludovica.
The founding of the Québec City General Hospital
Mother Louise Soumande of St. Augustine and three other Augustinian sisters founded the Québec City General Hospital here in 1693. An ambitious and innovative project for its time. For over 325 years, this establishment has fulfilled the same mission of providing care and shelter.
The French and Indian War
The Québec City General Hospital played an important role during the French and Indian War. In addition to acting as an infirmary for wounded combatants and a shelter for victims of bombardments, it was the scene of negotiations led by the Count of Malarctic between the two enemy camps.
Housing and care
Since 1693, the General Hospital has housed and cared for the elderly and the destitute. It was even the first institution to be entrusted with the care of what were then known as the insane, people who suffered from mental health disorders. In the 19th century, Dr. Painchaud was a key collaborator of the Augustinians for over 30 years.
At the heart of neighbourhood life
The General Hospital is located at the meeting point of two lively Québec City districts, Saint-Roch and Saint-Sauveur. The Augustinians came to the aid of their residents during great tragedies. They supported the population's efforts to show solidarity with those in need. A worker at Dominion Corset explains the contribution of the Augustinian sisters to the life of her district.
This project of the Augustines of the Monastère Saint-Augustin is carried out in partnership with the Commission de la capitale nationale du Québec.
Direction : Claudine Drolet, DigiHub
Audio : Fanny Belhadjar, Spoken Adventures
Interpretation panel: Mario Vallée, TacTac Espaces profitables
Project managers : Denis Robitaille, monastère de l’Hôpital général de Québec, David Girard, Commission de la capitale nationale du Québec
Archivists : Audrey Bouchard et Audrey Julien, Monastère des Augustines
Production : les Augustines du monastère Saint-Augustin
A collaboration of the Commission de la Capitale nationale du Québec