The ruins of the Place du Vieux Couvent (Convent of Caraquet) is a landmark in Caraquet that is still used for traditional performances. The beautiful building is lit up at night.
Construction of the building began in 1870 and it opened it's doors to teach in 1874. The sisters also worked on a farm where they raised animals and grew vegetables.
In 1905, the building underwent a three story expansion by Acadian architect Nazaire Dugas. And in 1947 a second wing made out of wood was added.
The convent stopped teaching in the 1970's and then that space was used for community projects. In 1982, a local newspaper, L'Acadie Nouvelle, opened it's offices there.
Fire destroyed the building in 1992. The building was left up because of it's historical value. In 2006, local artists installed paintings that are lit up at night. There is also a stage in front of the convent and seating for the performances in the front yard. It has an amazing look and I love how the town kept the building up and in use.