Saint Patrick's Basilica, Montreal

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#7 of 28 in Historic Sites in Montreal
Known for its historic link to Irish-Canadian culture, Saint Patrick's Basilica offers grand architecture and ornaments in an active place of worship. The building showcases gothic revival architecture on the outside. Once inside, view the 25 m (82 ft) columns all carved from the same white oak. The decorations feature a mixture of Irish shamrocks and French fleur de lys. The ten bells, also known as St. Patricks Chimes, are a popular draw, as one was originally cast in 1774 and used in Notre Dame. Saint Patrick's Basilica is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our online itinerary creator, Montreal Edition.
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  • August 14, 2017
    This is one of most favourite cathedrals in the world. Great architecture - awesome stained glass windows. It was a very memorable visit.  more »
  • August 13, 2017
    Amazing art and architecture and interesting history (pick up one of the green pamphlets to read about this). We attended the 5 pm Saturday mass, which was in English. Wonderful priest and church comm...  more »
  • August 12, 2017
    Everyone goes to Notre-Dame yet this church is so much more spectacular and larger than life. Probably 100 years younger, and Irish immigrant founded this off-the-tourist-trails church is a must see i...  more »
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  • March 23, 2017
    A little smaller but a lot quieter here. We were the only ones there while we inside. Very beautiful inside. Lots of paintings.
  • October 12, 2016
    Where: Saint Patrick's Basilica What: A Roman Catholic church in downtown Montreal How was it: It a great place in a great setting. We enjoy going there to see the squirrels running around in the park. We also like going inside to walk around and sit for a few minutes. The downside inside is they've converted all candles to electric, it just doesn't have the same feel as real candles. But we understand the level of work comes with it. Grade: Eli = 5, Serge = 5 Recommend: Yes, we enjoy visiting every now and again.
  • November 9, 2016
    Beautiful cathedral. Although you have to pay to get in ($5), which to me seems a little bit expensive for what you get to see.
  • February 25, 2017
    Beautiful church, the organ was playing as I visited and I didn't want to leave
  • May 30, 2016
    Amazing & beautiful church. Well worth the stop in. Take your time going over ever last inch. The detail is amazing.

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