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Guide of best practices for encouraging accessibility to places of worship

This guide aims to promote the accessibility of places of worship while providing the actors responsible with the tools necessary to ensure their cultural vitality. It aims to raise public awareness of the wealth and diversity of religious heritage by promoting its appropriation through an emphasis on openness and exchange. Ultimately, the goal is to further develop the role of places of worship in the community in a context in which religious heritage is gaining interest in the touristic and cultural spheres.

The publication of this guide is part of an initiative that originated at a discussion-cafe held on March 16, 2018 in Montreal, at the instigation of the Religious Heritage Table of Montreal of the Council of Religious Heritage of Quebec following the publication of the Ulysse travel guide, Montréal, un patrimoine religieux à découvrir. The guide was made possible thanks to the rich contribution of the participants of the discussion-café, who also supported the name "Accès patrimoine religieux Montréal" to gather the group initiatives expected for the future.

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Offer Guided Tours in a Place of Worship. Accompanying Booklet for Worship Leaders and Guides

Scattered throughout Montreal’s neighbourhoods are places of worship that are wonders to behold and that reflect the city’s history and cultural diversity. They’re attracting more and more attention from people and prompting parishes and congregations to think about how they can better receive visitors and interpret the building’s history. It's not always easy to tell the story behind an inscription, a marquee, a stained-glass window, a painted vault, or an ornament atop a steeple, but such story-telling can enhance not only the building’s value, but also our collective heritage. It is in this spirit that this guide is offered to officials of places of worship and to citizens so that they can, with the help of sound advice and concrete examples, better share the pleasure of knowing our heritage.