Basilica Notre Dame, Montreal

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    Notre-Dame Basilica of Montréal

    by GracesTrips Updated Aug 19, 2014

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    Since we had seen Notre Dame in Paris, it just seems natural to want to see this Notre Dame in Montréal. We were very fortunate to visit the church during some type of service. During this service, a very young girl of about 11-13 years old sang so beautifully it was truly angelic! The church itself is quite beautiful and not like the Notre Dame in Paris.

    The church does ask for an admission fee to help with the cost of constant restoration. They also present a short sound and light show that also might be worth seeing. The visiting hours and show hours seem to be limited.

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    Stained Glass at Notre Dame Basilica

    by GentleSpirit Updated Feb 26, 2013

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    You go to a major church/basilica/cathedral and you don't normally find too many surprises. They are almost always masterpieces in their construction and decoration. One of the things that I found surprising about Notre Dame was that the stained glass, though beautiful, was almost entirely lacking in the usual religious content! Usually stained glass in major churches has Biblical stories. The one at Notre Dame Basilica portrays the history of Montreal and some of it religious history.

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    Notre Dame of Montreal

    by GentleSpirit Written Feb 25, 2013

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    Notre Dame was designed by James O'Donnell, an American, starting in 1824. Interestingly, O"Donnell was an Irish Protestant, who later converted to Catholicism at the end of his life. He is the only one buried in the crypt of Notre Dame.

    Outside Notre Dame is a Gothic Revival style church. If you like that, just wait til you get inside.
    I was very much taken by the interior of the Notre Dame, the azure background just gave it this amazingly wondrous, beautiful look. It was a bit dark inside as I remember, at least it was the day I visited, so I wasn't really overwhelmed with the detail as much as the general feeling.

    Admission for adults is $5, ages 7-17 is $4, and under that it's free.
    Included in the price of admission is a guided tour, in english or french of the Basilica, which take place on the hour and half hour.

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  • Notre Dame Light Show "And Then There Was Light"

    by beckyyy Written Apr 17, 2011

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    The light show is definitly a cool way to see Notre Dame Basilica. We went to the 630pm show (there was an 830 pm one too) on a Friday and it was fairly crowded but there isn't really "bad" seats. The light show was beautiful-they put screens up where they had light projectors on, and you get your own headphones (in english or french). The show basically gives you a nice overview of the history of the church, from its founders to the architect to the decor. It lasted about half an hour. I recommend it because it lets you experience the church in a unique way, and it isn't too time consuming or expensive (10$ per person). After the show you can walk around and look through the church. Notre Dame is definitly a must see stop in Montreal, and it was in the Old Montreal area so afterwards (or before) you can walk around and look at the beautiful buildings.

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    Notre-Dame de Montreal

    by marielexoteria Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    I wanted to visit Notre Dame because I've seen Notre Dame de Paris and wanted to see the resemblance (and also because it was portrayed in "Heroes" ^^). I liked that while it has the Gothic details that the one in Paris has, it looks a little more castle like. I can't quite put my finger on it but I liked it :) I couldn't see the interior because there was a wedding the day we were there.

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    Notre Dame Cathedral

    by Tom_In_Madison Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    I’ve seen enough cathedrals and churches to last me a lifetime. Wasn’t too keen on going here, but figured it was only C$4 so what the heck. Wow, was I wrong. Absolutely stunning inside. On top of it all, a group of about 20 violin and cello players were practicing for an upcoming concert, and were playing while I was there. Definitely one of the highlights of Montreal.

    This building, finished about 1829. Most of the interior design finished around 1880. The pews are solid, thick wood, and all hand engraved with fancy designs on the ends. A spiral staircase of wood comes down the side of the inside from the 2nd level, and looks great.

    Various concerts & musical performances are held on a regular basis, I wish I had attended one of these while here. 20 minute guided tours are available in an array of languages. Masses on Sunday at 8, 9:30, 11 and 5pm.

    C$4 (I think) NOT part of museum pass.

    outside at night While a group of strings were practicing inside
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    Notre Dame Basilica (1)

    by Polly74 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Built between 1823 and 1829, this vast Gothic Revival church is renowned for its polychrome interior and rich ornamentation. Its treasures include its organ (1891), one of the largest in North America, and its remarkably carved high altar and pulpit. Don't miss the Sacred Heart Chapel, with its linden woodwork and bronze reredos, where Celine Dion married.
    Many concerts and organ recitals are held at the Basilica.

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    Notre-Dame Basilica

    by brazwhazz Updated Mar 29, 2010

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    The Notre-Dame Basilica is Montreal's landmark church. Many famous people have had their funerals here, including former prime minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau and hockey legend Maurice "Rocket" Richard were held. This is also where Celine Dion married her manager Rene Angelil.

    The Notre-Dame Basilica was built in the 1820s to replace the original, now-demolished Notre-Dame church that had become too small to accomodate Montreal's worshippers. The East and West towers, which were part of the original plans but only added some 20 years later, are called "Temperance" and "Perseverance" (because of its 279 steps?), respectively.

    Despite its historical and architectural significance, the Basilica is not an historical monument. This is because the owners of the church (the Fabrique de la Paroisse de Notre-Dame) do not want the state to meddle in their private affairs.

    The church is open weekdays from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Sundays from 12:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. A minimum contribution of $4 is charged at the entrance. There is also a light show called "Et la lumiere fut" ("And then there was light"), which costs $10, but I have never seen it.

    Facade in the summer Taken from a postcard
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    Notre-Dame Basilica in Oldtown

    by jamiesno Updated Feb 24, 2010

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    Notre-Dame Basilica was opened in 1829, making it the largest religious edifice in North America at the time. The Sulpicians chose a Neo-Gothic style, and assigned the task to a Protestant architect from New York, James O'Donnell. He later converted to Roman Catholocism so that he could be buried beneath "his" church!

    The Basiclica is without a doubt some of Montreal's most impressive architecture. The detail inside is amazing and you can spend some time in here admiring the place. If you are exploring Old Town in the middle of winter go in for a tour to warm up! :-)

    My camera didn't take the best pictures inside the structure but have a look at my travlogue in any event and you can see some more of this impressive building.

    Notre Dame Bascillica

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    Notre Dame basilica

    by tvor Written Nov 15, 2009

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    Notre Dame Basilica is on a site where a church has existed almost since the founding of Montreal in the 17th century. The present building dates to the mid 19th century but the interior is newer, dating to the beginning of the 20th century. You can read the history of it on the website. The current colour scheme is blue and gold with detailing on the pillars and vaulted ceiling that reminded me of Sainte Chappelle in Paris and I read now that it is indeed inspired by that. The interior of the Basilica is dark yet the altar area glows with blue and gold. It's breathtaking! Blue is the theme for the Basilica. At night, the windows to the outside shine blue as well with the yellow-gold lights on the exterior of the building highlighting it all.

    In the back of the Basilica is a smaller chapel, Notre Dame de Sacre Cour. This chapel burned and had to be rebuilt in 1980 in it's present form, very different from the main church. The chapel is bright and sunny, with light honey coloured carved wood and light streaming in through the high windows.

    The Basilica can hold several thousand people. It is huge but you don't get that sense of enormity when you're inside it. It is a parish church so in addition to masses, there are also weddings, funerals and baptisms that can be held here.

    It costs $5.00 to enter but there are free guided tours held, in French or English. The 35 minute multimedia sound and light show costs about 10$ per adult.

    Monday to Friday: 8am to 4:30pm but open at 7:30 for prayer
    Saturday: 8am to 4pm
    Sunday: 12:30pm to 4pm

    Notre Dame at night Notre Dame interior Notre Dame altar Sacre Cour chapel in Notre Dame Over Notre Dame altar

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    Notre Dame Basilica

    by Tom_Fields Written Oct 8, 2009

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    Notre Dame Basilica is one of the most beautiful and historic churches in North America. Originally founded in 1657, it began as a modest chapel. The present structure dates to the 1820s, financed by New Yorker James O'Donnell, who converted to Catholicism late in life. His remains are buried here.

    In 1978, a fire ravaged this great cathedral, requiring extensive and costly repairs. But today, it's been restored to its former glory.

    Notre Dame Basilica, at la Place d'Armes The interior of the Basilica More of the interior The Basilica by night
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    Basilique Notre-Dame de Montréal

    by pieter_jan_v Updated Sep 15, 2009

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    The Basilique Notre-Dame de Montréal started as a small capel builded by the Jesuits. From 1657 the Sulpician Fathers started building a Baroque style church that was completed in 1683. A good century later this church became too small and plans were made to build the big Notre-Dame as we know it today. This church was build in a Gothic Revival style and was completed in 1829. The completion of the twin towers took another 15 years.

    The church can be visited. Entrance fee is CAD 5 and a 20 minutes guided tour, starting on the hour and half hour is included.

    Hours:
    Mo-Fr: 9AM - 4PM
    Sa: 9AM - 3.30PM
    Su: 12.30PM - 3.30PM

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    Notre Dame de Bon Secour

    by mikey_e Written Sep 2, 2009

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    Notre Dame de Bon Secour is the oldest church in Vieux Montreal and bears obvious traces of the French influence of the old city's architecture. Constructed in 1771, it stands atop the ruins of an older church that was first constructed in the 1650s, when the city was part of New France. This structure was destroyed during the Seven Years' War (when New France was wrested from French control and became part of the British Empire). The imposing structure looks out to the Saint Laurence and Montreal's port, and has therefore taken on the name of the Sailors' Church. Seamen who came to Montreal would come here to offer thanks to the Virgin for their safe passage. In 1849, Mgr. Bourget (who is responsible for the construction of the Marie Reine du Monde Cathedral) had a Virgin Star of the Sea statue placed on the top of the church's dome, where it still stands today. The massive cupola is yet another incredible reminder of the Continental inspirations of the city's architecture, a nice contrast to the dominance of Neo-Gothic structures in cities like Ottawa and Toronto.

    Notre Dame de Bon Secour The Virgin Star of the Sea atop the Church The entrance on Saint Paul Statue of Notre Dame atop the entrance
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    Notre-Dame Basilica

    by mikey_e Written Sep 1, 2009

    Notre-Dame Basilica is the main church in Vieux-Montréal, the old French quarter of the city. Despite the fact that parish and the area around the church date from the late-1600s, the actual church that stands where Notre-Dame does dates from the 1800s. In the 1820s the Sulpician order commissioned the construction of a larger church and the first sanctuary was completed by 1830. The style of the church was neo-Gothic, designed by an Irish Protestant, and the complete construction of the church, including the finishing of the interior, was not completed until 1888, more than six decades after the plans for a new temple had been conceived. The interior of the church is richly decorated with various colours, a break in the otherwise dark and gloomy nature of Gothic and neo-Gothic architecture. Notre-Dame is remarkable for the fact that the stained glass depicts scenes from Montreal's religious history, rather than the Bible; this seems to be a theme in Montreal, as a later Catholic church in Little Italy contains frescoes of Mussolini rather than Biblibal Patriarchs. Notre-Dame is a favourite among tourists and it can be difficult to get good shots without the crowds unless you come early.

    The famed towers of Notre-Dame Notre-Dame from the Square The towers from the south
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    Notre-Dame Basilica - Celine Dion Wedding

    by jumpingnorman Written May 15, 2009

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    My Mom wanted to see where Celine Dion got married -- so we brought her to the place where the famous Canadian singer wed René Angélil in 1994.

    All I remember is the astonishingly beautiful interior of the Church, very colorful with deep blues and golden starts...a kaleidoscope of colors. The architecture itself is Gothic Revival, with the interior filled with intricate wood carvings and stained glass windows which depict the religious history of Montreal. The Church has a Casavant Frères pipe organ, which comprises 4 keyboards, 97 stops, almost 7000 individual pipes and a pedal board.

    We did not get the guided tour but just went in with our basic admission charge. Guided tours can actually have their times changed due to special events. Celine Dion was not there when we visited.

    Admission fees apply to all visitors, with or without a guided tour. This contribution is necessary to cover the annual costs of restoration and upkeep on this historic building.
    Adults: $5
    Ages 7 to 17: $4
    Age 6 and under: Free

    Guided tours
    Two tours of the Basilica normally take place every hour, on the hour and half hour.
    Monday through Friday: 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM (Last tour of the day)
    Saturday: 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM
    Sunday: 12:30 to 3:30 PM

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