Basilica Notre Dame, Montreal

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    by Telse Updated Mar 7, 2009

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    Notre Dame in its winter glory.

    Well, I wasn't expecting to have to pay admission ($5), but it's so worth it. If you had to visit one place in Montreal, this is it. It doesn't matter if you're religious, people can come in and snap happily away for as long as they like (but there is a separate section for those solely coming to pray).
    The interior is beautiful, and we had a guide tell us the history of the church in English. It might be available in other languages as well. Words can't describe Notre Dame.
    Avoid the gift shop, it's a bunch of overpriced stuff not worth looking at.

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    The Basilique Notre-Dame in Montreal

    by Paul2001 Updated Aug 10, 2008

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    Montreal's The Basilique Notre-Dame is the most impressive cathedral that I have visited in all of North America. The basilica was built in 1824 in the Gothic Revival style. It is the interior of the basilica that is so noteworthy. With high carved and painted wooden buttresses soaring overhead, it is an awe-inspiring place to visit. The basilica also has a splendid alterpiece that has been superbly carved linden wood.
    The basilica can be visited by English speaking tour for the cost of C$2.00.

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    Notre Dame Cathedral

    by Mikebb Updated Jun 29, 2008

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    Part of our tour included entry to the Basilica and what a beautiful place it is. A magnificent main altar with brilliant leadlight windows, fantastic wood carvings, a massive organ is located high above the congregation.

    One could only imagine how beautiful a service would be accompanied by the organ and choir.

    This is a very beautiful basilica which should be on the"must see" list of everyone visiting Montreal.

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    Notre-Dame - Montréal's famous church

    by King_Golo Written Nov 26, 2007

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    Notre-Dame inside

    A very nice church to visit in Montréal is Notre-Dame. Already in the founding days of the city, there was a wooden chapel at the same place. From 1672 to 1683, the first stone church was built, but due to masses of believers in the parish, it soon became to small. Around 1800, many of the churchgoers had to stand in front of church to listen to the service so that in 1824 the construction of today's church began. Interestingly, the architect of the Catholic church was an Irish Protestant - who only later converted to Catholicism! After 5 years of construction, the new and much larger church was finished. Apart from smaller changes to the exterior and interior, it has remained in its original state ever since then. The church is especially beautiful inside. I'd recommend taking a guided tour as you will learn a lot more then.

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    Notre Dame Basilica

    by Karlie85 Written Aug 23, 2007

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    Beautiful staircase

    No visit to Montreal would be complete without a trip to Notre Dame. The basilica is one of the oldest churches in the country, with the original building being built in the mid-1600s. The new and current building was completed in the 1800s. Both the inside and outside of the church are very intricate and ornate. The Basilica is a very important part of Montreal's history. People are able to have their weddings here, but there is a three year waiting list! Even if you aren't so much into churches, it's worth a look. They do charge $4 for adults to get in, so if you do go, get your money's worth! Pictures are allowed, of course, and there is a small gift shop.

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    Visit the Notre Dame Cathedral

    by joiwatani Updated Jul 23, 2007

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    It's like walking in a different country (oh yeah, it is a different country!)!!! But, what I mean is in North America, Montreal is totally unique! The people speak French, the road signs are colored brown and still, printed French! The roads are mostly one way. And, the city streets are made of bricks!

    I love Montreal! Not only because the city has good bakeries but because the people are unique North Americans! (As if they are not Canadians).

    It took us eight hours to drive here from New York. The city is vibrant and the people are casual. It is very nice to walk in the city! Taking the subway is also another good experience for me!

    I like visiting churches but unfortunately, I don't usually take pictures inside the church for reverence. I just don't. So, I am posting these pictures taken outside the church.

    The church is very ornate inside. The church has the oldest organ in the world. Also, it has the remains of one of the Roman Catholic Pope. (I forgot his name. I needed help here!).

    Anyway, the cathedral is beautiful and very ornate. There are so much gold in the church!

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    Notre Dame Basilica in Montreal Quebec Canada

    by freddie18 Updated Nov 24, 2006

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    Notre-Dame Basilica, Montreal Quebec

    Welcome to Notre Dame de Montreal Basilica, a large religious edifice in the historic district of Montreal, Quebec, Canada. It is located at the corner of Saint Sulpice Street in Old Montreal.

    You will find behind the basilica, the Sacred Heart Chapel which houses the sculptures and paintings and impressive selection of works which brings to life its spiritual heritage. It is captivating to see for yourself, the basilica's magnificent interior that was sculpted in wood and paint.

    Daily tour of the Basilica is being conducted both in English and French languages. For your convenience, I provided below the schedule of the opening hours of the basilica:

    Monday to Friday 8:00AM - 4:40 PM
    Saturday 8:00AM - 4:15PM
    Sunday 12:30PM - 4:15PM

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    Basilique Notre-Dame

    by annieruel Updated Oct 13, 2006

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    Basilique Notre-Dame

    This is the most beautiful church in Montréal.
    If you know Céline Dion! That's the place where she married.

    Construite entre 1823 et 1829, cette vaste église de style néogothique est réputée pour son décor intérieur polychrome et la richesse de son ornementation. Au rang de ses trésors figurent l'orgue (1891), un des plus imposants en Amérique, et les remarquables sculptures du maître-autel et de la chaire. Également à voir : la chapelle du Sacré-Coeur, avec ses boiseries en tilleul et sa murale en bronze. La basilique est l'hôte de nombreux concerts et récitals d'orgue, et chaque été depuis vingt ans un festival consacré à Mozart s'y déroule avec le concours de l'Orchestre symphonique de Montréal. Spectacle son et lumières : « Et la lumière fut ».

    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. Many concerts and organ recitals are held at the Basilica, and every summer for the past twenty years it has hosted a Mozart festival jointly with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra. Multimedia show: "And Then There Was Light".

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    Basilique Notre-Dame de Montreal

    by DJMist Written Sep 10, 2006

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    Alter of the Basilique Notre-Dame de Montreal
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    The Basilique Notre-Dame de Montreal is a magnificent gothic revival structure dating to 1829. Simply stated it the most incredible structure I have ever been inside of. There is a nominal $4 CAD fee for entrance and includes a short history and guided tour. The look around is worth the admission in itself. The alter is a stunning view – a immersion in brilliant color blues, azure, reds, purples, silver and gold. The alter is lighted to intensify the detail of the of the seemingly countless statues. The pulpit is a marvel of woodworking and the nave of the basilica is absolutely enormous. The Sacré-Cœur Chapel is also a marvel. Built in the 1980’s after a fire, it is built in a contemporary style with reredos containing 32 bronze panels. A must see on any trip to Montréal.

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    Notre Dame Basilica (Basilique Notre Dame)

    by Dabs Updated Aug 22, 2006

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    If you are going to visit one church in Montreal, this is it, the interior is filled with beautiful detail work and brilliant bold colors, the vaulted ceiling an aqua sky covered with 24 karat gold stars, the patterned gilded and painted archways, the stained glass windows from Limoges. Behind the main altar is the Sacred Heart Chapel, a more modern part of the church, rebuilt after a fire in 1978. The lighting in the main part of the basilica is very low and most of my pictures did not turn out, photography is permitted.

    Guided tours that last about 20 minutes in both English and French leave periodically from the back of the church and are included in the admission price of $4 CAD, access is always free for services or for praying. Most evenings there is also a light and sound show called La Lumiere Fut, admission for this is $10CAD. Concerts are also held here, our guide said for some performances that there were rehearsals earlier in the day of the performance that you could also hear with the $4 general admission.

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    Notre Dame Basilica

    by mim95 Updated Jun 19, 2006

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    The magnificant interior of Notre Dame Basilica

    Basilique Notre-Dame is definitely one of the most recognized landmarks in Vieux (Old) Montreal. It is one of the most beautiful churches in North America. Built in 1829, it has a blue vaulted ceiling with thousands of 24-karat gold stars, detailed stained-glass windows telling the history of Montreal, life-size wood carvings, and a pipe organ with more than 7000 pipes. Guided tour is available for $2.

    This is also the church where Celine Dion got married back in 1994 and her son baptised in 2001.

    There is an evening light-and-sound show telling Montreal's history and the great artwork of the church. Adult admission is $10.

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    See the Basilique Notre Dame

    by Herkbert Updated Jun 17, 2006

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    Altar at Notre Dame

    Not quite the cathedral found in Paris, but nevertheless very beautful - this is the incredible sanctuary in the Basilique Notre-Dame.

    The stained glass and breathtaking altar are something special to see.

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    Notre Dame Cathedral

    by Laura_Mexico Updated Jun 13, 2006

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    This is a MUST when visiting Montreal: you can't miss a visit to Notre Dame, which is perhaps the most beautiful catholic church in town. At least I found it adorable, although there was something about it which wasn't as lovely: the fact that you need to pay in order to be allowed to visit this church. Of course if you go there to pray you aren't expected to pay for it, and this is how I managed to get in for free... a little harmless lie! I adopted a devoted attitude and got in the church at a time when a mass was supposed to take place. It never did, but I got to get in and admire this building and make some pictures. I was really mad to find out that the pictures taken inside the church did not come out fine -- all dark! Hmmmm heavenly punishment perhaps??? Hehehe.... It was a real pity, but I got to see it with my own eyes and you will also find several postcards with this well-known image of the main altar, which is impressive.

    The outter part of the church isn't so impressive and it's under refurbishment now (spring-summer 2005). The photo didn't help much either: it was an awful cloudy & rainy day... sorry! But I'm also including a postcard where you can appreciate all the magnificence of this church, both in and out.

    A light-&-sound show is offered every weekend or so @ Notre Dame, you can find further info in booklets provided inside the church. Oh and you guessed well: you have to pay extra to see that show, too! ;-)

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    Notre-Dam Basilica

    by musbars Updated May 21, 2006

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    A masterpiece of Gothic Revival architecture. The magnificent interior decor captivates hundreds of thousands of visitors every year. Spectacular organ plays for u every Sunday starting at 9, 10, 11AM. Night light shows: Tuesday to Thursday 6:30pm, Friday 6pm and 8:30pm, Saturday 7pm and 8:30pm
    The entrance $4.00.

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    Notre-Dame Basilica

    by tuoedisni1 Updated May 14, 2006
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    This is a must see for anyone visiting Montreal. It is very beautiful and peaceful inside. And there is a lot of other stuff to see in the area (and some expensive shopping too:), so make sure to wear some good walking shoes and explore away!

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