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Notre-Dame Basilica of Montreal, Montreal

Categories: Sacred & Religious Sites, Landmarks, Tourist Spots
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See the jewel of Canada's religious heritage at Notre-Dame Basilica of Montreal, one of the world's most dramatic examples of Gothic Revival architecture. The majestic church boasts hundreds of intricately carved wooden statues in a grand interior that holds up to 4,000 worshippers--all under a blue ceiling speckled with gold stars. Instead of depicting religious scenes, the stained glass windows narrate the history of Montreal and offer a glimpse into the city's development over the centuries. The church regularly hosts musical events, with the main concert taking place at Christmas, when thousands attend the performance of Handel's "Messiah." Plan your Notre-Dame Basilica of Montreal visit and explore what else you can see and do in Montreal using our Montreal holiday planner.
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  • This church was absolutely beautiful. It was well maintained and offered tours in both English and French that were included in the $5 admission that told the history of the church. 
  • Outside it looks a bit like Notre-Dame in Paris, but inside it is impressing. The blue color is very bright and special and the wooden elements is very beautiful with many small details. Don't forget ...  read more »
  • The entrance fee (5 CAD) is well spent. The cathedral with its balconies, a beautiful altar, and rich ornaments is beautiful. The light through the blueish windows gives it a very mystical touch. A mo...  read more »
  • This place was absolutely amazing. As an athiest, I was not impressed with it from a religious standpoint, but was more than impressed from a historical and architectural standpoint. Seeing Moorish influences thoughout the basilica was just amazing. And the beauty of the atructure stunning. We took the Grand Tour and watched the organ rehearsal. Definitely worth watching the organist play from up on the balcony. I highly suggest doing it for the $15.
  • A stunning basilica right in the heart of the old port. The inside and outside are both worth a look and they often light it up at night. It is a true showing of the history of Montreal with beautiful architecture and is always kept in top shape. I'm not sure if they give tours, but you can go in at most times, the organs are worth seeing as well.
  • You have to see it to believe it! It's monumental! I cried from such beauty. The craftsmanship, and prestige details had me in awe. I looked around to see if can see a statue of my patron saint, St. Theresa. I asked a volunteer, she said yes Madame we have a whole room dedicated to her. When I turned to the room, I couldn't stop staring at her beauty. I cried until I couldn't anymore. The St. Theresa's statue had glass eyes and actual hair that made her look life like. The love of the artist was truly captured. So please see this Cathedral it should be on the list of one of the wonders of the world!!!! AMEN
  • Located in the historic district of Old Montreal and dating back to 1824, the basilica features a glorious set of Casavant organs and a beautifully ornamented pulpit. Designated a National Historic Site of Canada, it was the site of Celine Dion's wedding as well as the provincial state funeral for former Montreal Canadiens superstar Maurice "Rocket" Richard. I recommend you stay for the light show.
  • Beautiful church with amazing architecture. Walking inside is like walking into another world. The windows cast a soft blue light onto the ceiling which reflects back onto the pews. The corners are filled with paintings and relics. A peaceful place to spend a moment.
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