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Constructed in 1829, the neo-Gothic Basilique Notre-Dame is built in the scale and manner of Europe's great churches. It's said that the protestant architect James O'Donnell, who designed the... Read More
Constructed in 1829, the neo-Gothic Basilique Notre-Dame is built in the scale and manner of Europe's great churches. It's said that the protestant architect James O'Donnell, who designed the basilica, was so taken with the project that he converted to Catholicism. Fine woodwork, rose- ceiling windows, blue-vaulted ceilings and a massive church bell make this a great place to visit. A small, on-site museum displays various religious artifacts and paintings. In 1982, Pope John Paul II raised the status of Notre-Dame from a church to minor basilica - a gesture honouring a church's historic, architectural and artistic value, or in recognition of its symbolic or pastoral importance in a region.
110, rue Notre-Dame ouest
Montréal, QC H2Y 1T2
- Mon-Fri: 8am-4:30pm
- Sat: 8am-4:15pm
- Sun: 12:30pm-4:15pm
- Adult $4; Child (17 and under) $2
- Romantic Things to Do: "Take in one of the multi-media shows detailing the history of the Basilica."
- Holiday Attractions: "Try to visit in the evening to take in the multi-media light displays."
- Historic Sites: "Try to visit in the evening to see the light displays."
- Free Things to Do: "Admission to the Basilica remains free for prayer, Mass, Confession, meditation and the liturgy of the hours."
- Best for Romantic Things to Do Because: It's the site of Celine Dionne's star-studded wedding along with other important events in Montreal.
- Best for Holiday Attractions Because: Holiday offerings include concerts and choral music programs and multimedia shows detailing Montreal's history.
- Best for Historic Sites Because: It's the site of Celine Dion's wedding and Pierre Trudeau's funeral.
- Best for Free Things to Do Because: While it's free under the above circumstances, the maximum five dollar fee is nominal and children always receive free entrance.