Founded in 1854. Notre-Dame-des-Neiges is a 343-acre (1.39 km²) cemetery located in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The entrance and the grounds run along a part of chemin Côte-des-Neiges and up the slopes of Mount Royal. The cemetery shares the mountain with the predominantly English-speaking and originally Protestant burial ground, the Mount Royal Cemetery.
Notre-Dame-des-Neiges is the largest cemetery in Canada. Its "La Pietà Mausoleum" contains a life-sized marble reproduction of Michelangelo's Pietà sculpture located in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican.
The cemetery was originally open only to Roman Catholics; it is now open to any Christian, though it continues to be a Catholic institution and serve a primarily Catholic community. Primarily the internment grounds for French Canadians, as they have almost exclusively been members of the Roman Catholic faith, the cemetery is the final resting place for a number of former mayors of the city of Montreal plus other prominent persons.
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