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Le drapeau « Jacques Cartier »

To be filed under ‘Flags I Never Knew Existed’: the Québécois heraldist Maurice Brodeur designed a flag commemorating the French explorer Jacques Cartier, founder of Quebec and Canada. The banner was designed to hang as an ex-voto in the Memorial Basilica of Christ the King in Gaspé, conceived in the 1920′s as an offering of thanks for the four-hundredth anniversary of the claiming of Canada by Cartier. The Great Depression brought the project to a halt, and the church was finally finished in 1969 as a modernist cathedral in wood — the only wooden cathedral in Catholic North America.

Was the flag ever actually executed? I don’t know, but I doubt it.

This post was published on Sunday, December 4th, 2011 7:00 pm. It has been categorised under Errant Thoughts Flags Quebec and been tagged under , , .
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  1. Mark Pichaj
    2 February 2012
    7:14 am

    A lovely flag, and though I am not Québécois, I am inspired by it…which is what flags are supposed to do, yes?

  2. 2 February 2012
    5:36 pm

    Mark …

    I agree with you. But have you seen the Carillon Sacré-Coeur (my favourite) and the original Carillon as well … take a look at the Wikipedia article on the flag of Québec: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flag_of_Quebec .

    But in my opinion, I think many of the Canadian provincial flags are beautiful and inspirational. I was baffled once by an Australian friend who was curious as to why I owned a Fleurdelisé in my collection; he actually used the term ‘uninspirational.’ I didn’t want to say anything about the flag of the Eureka Stockade … it was a little too obvious.

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