The Madonna della Defesa (Our Lady of Protection) church was built in 1919 and named to commemorate a miracle said to have occurred in 1898 in Casacalenda, Italy. It was built by the architect R. Montbirant based on the drawings of the artist Guido Nincheri. Born in Florence, this Montréal artist also painted the church’s remarkable frescoes. The altar and balustrade date from 1950 and are made of Carrara marble. Next to the church, Dante Park celebrates the illustrious 14th-century poet and is a favourite meeting place for bocce players and passersby.