Saint Patrick's Basilica, Montreal

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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. Use our Montreal trip builder to visit Saint Patrick's Basilica on your trip to Montreal, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • Easy to find and get into, not busy with any tour groups when we were there. Just enough ornamentation to make it interesting but not overwhelming. Good short stop we planned around other things in ou...  more »
  • Beautiful decor and amazing architecture. Well worth a visit. Excellent lighting. Very informative leaflet available.  more »
  • a pretty amazing decoration, with pretty impressive heights. A place of meditation. Not to be missed
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  • A little smaller but a lot quieter here. We were the only ones there while we inside. Very beautiful inside. Lots of paintings.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Beautiful church, the organ was playing as I visited and I didn't want to leave
  • Amazing & beautiful church. Well worth the stop in. Take your time going over ever last inch. The detail is amazing.

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