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Canadian shrine dedicated to the mother of Mary, located twenty-seven miles northeast of Quebec on the St. Lawrence River. Hundreds of thousands of ill and crippled people flock to this shrine each year, where it is said that every known disease has been cured at one time or another. Tradition says that the first chapel was built in 1658 by sailors in thanksgiving for their rescue in a storm. However, it was soon swept away, as it was too near the shore. A larger chapel was erected in 1662, but this was demolished through some error of misdirection in 1876. The present Romanesque basilica is the fourth church dedicated to St. Anne of the Meadows.