Basilica Notre Dame, Montreal

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    Notre-Dame Basilica

    by miso80 Written Apr 12, 2006

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    Notre-Dame Basilica

    yes..YES..Celine Dion got married here. Well, as much as that should've stopped me from going to see this basilica, Im sure glad that it didn't. This basilica is beautiful inside out..it has a certain gothic ornamentation to its architecture which makes it stand out..and although its not too big on the inside, its size and interior give it a certain intimate feel to it...it is personal, beautiful and worth seeing.

    The church of Notre-Dame was raised to the status of minor basilica by Pope John-Paul II, when he came to Montr?al, on 21 April 1982.

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    by beruangndut Written Feb 25, 2006

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    Notredam Basillica in Montreal is one of the most beautiful Basilica in the world.

    You can join the English guided tour inside the church where the guide will explain about the history of the church. The guide will explain everything about the church, who built the church, who the architect is, when it was built, etc. It's quite interesting tour. The tour itself is only about 30-45 minutes and you can wander around the church to take pictures.

    In the evening, you can see a show inside the church which tells the story about the church history.

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    Notre dame Basilique

    by kokoryko Written Jan 27, 2006

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    No picture, my camera did not work when in the church ?! Worth a visit of for the painted glass windows (well, not Chartres, but, . . . ), and when travelling, a quiet, spiritual place to visit is a good thing.

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    Notre Dame Basilica

    by Blatherwick Written Dec 23, 2005

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    Notre-Dame Basilica is an incredibly beautiful church. It is well-known for its gorgeous interior with its ceiling decorated in deep blue with gold stars. There are hundreds of intricate wooden carvings all over the sanctuary. The stained-glass windows along the walls of the sanctuary are not biblical, but depict scenes from the religious history of Montreal.

    The basilica is attached to the old Sulpician religious Seminary. The Roman Catholic Sulpician Order religious order arrived in Montreal (Ville-Marie) in 1657; six years later the seigneury of the island was given them and they ruled until 1840. The parish they founded was dedicated to the Holy Name of Mary, and the parish church of Notre-Dame was built on the site in 1672. The congregation had completely outgrown the church by the time work began on the new building in 1824. The Protestant architect James O'Donnell was commissioned to design the neo-gothic church. He embraced Catholicism just before he died in 1830, and is buried in the church. The sanctuary was completed in the same year, and the first tower was completed in 1843. When the structure was finished it was the largest church in North America. The interior took much longer, and Victor Bourgeau, who also worked on it until 1879.

    A major fire destroyed the Sacré-Coeur Chapel on December 7, 1978. It was rebuilt with the first two levels being reproduced from old drawings and photographs, with modern vaulting and reredos and an immense bronze altarpiece by Quebec sculptor Charles Daudelin. Notre-Dame Church was raised to the status of basilica by Pope John Paul II during a visit to the city on April 21, 1982.

    This is the church where the state funeral of Pierre Trudeau, Canada's 15th prime minister, took place in 2000.

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    Notre-Dame Basilica. Bow Down!!

    by heitzenrater Written Dec 12, 2005

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    A masterpiece of Gothic Revival architecture, Notre-Dame Basilica was built between 1824 and 1829. The magnificent interior sculpted in wood, paint and gold leaf and the boldly modern design of the Notre-Dame du Sacr?-Coeur Chapel, captivate hundreds of thousands of visitors each year. Paintings, sculptures and stained-glass windows illustrate biblical passages as well as 350 years of parish history. Daily tours are offered in French and English. In the evening a sound and light show presents the founding of Montr?al and the Notre-Dame Basilica. This state-of-the-art presentation highlights the Basilica's exceptional works of art and brings to life its cultural, architectural and spiritual heritage.

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    Notre Dame Basilica

    by jadedmuse Updated Nov 3, 2005

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    Inside the Chapel of the Basilique Notre-Dame

    It's a mini version of its original namesake in Paris, France. For a donation of $7, you can get a 30 minute guided tour of this cathedral which dominates the lower part of downtown Montreal - or just pop in and pay your respects.

    From the gilded decor and pipe organ trivia of the magnificent basilica proper, to the lovely intimate chapel in the back of the basilica, this is one tourist attraction you shouldn't miss while visiting Montreal. If you're lucky, there may be a concert taking place within, which is an added bonus. They're great about posting and advertising such events.

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    Historic Notre-Dame Basilica

    by meteorologist1 Updated Sep 7, 2005

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    The Notre-Dame Basilica of Montreal is a famous and historic basilica located in Old Montreal overlooking the Place d'Armes. Though still not as impressive and not as big as some of the basilicas I've visited in Europe, this is the most impressive one I've seen in North America. The interior of the basilica is gorgeous. There is an admission fee of $4 though.

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    Notre-Dame Basilica of Montrèal

    by tpal Written Aug 3, 2005

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    The Notre-Dame Basilica was built between 1824 and 1843. The work on the interior, however, did not begin until 1874 and was completed 1880.

    I decided to feature the interior of the Basilica here as it I found it much more interesting than the exterior. While certainly a grand structure reminiscent of its more famous Parisian counterpart, the outside didn't have the "wow" factor of the inside.

    Said to be inspired by Sainte-Chapelle in Paris, the interior design is incredibly intricate and finely detailed. The center of the sanctuary has a joyous glow about it while the colonnades below the side balconies are more dark and somber.

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    Basilique Notre-Dame / Notre-Dame Basilica

    by gohiery Written Jul 24, 2005

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    Basilica Notre-Dame

    The Notre-Dame Basilica is one of the most beautiful religious buildings in Montréal. The neo-gothic architecture of the building is extremely interesting.

    The Basilica was the theater of important events such as: the funeral of Maurice Richard (one of the best hockey player of all time), the funeral of former Prime Minister Pierre-Elliot Trudeau and the wedding of Céline Dion.

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    Notre-Dame Basilica of Montreal

    by joanj Written Jun 22, 2005

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    Notre-Dame Basilica

    A stone church was built between 1672 and 1683. It was located right in the middle of Notre-Dame Street. By 1800 many parishioners had to listen to mass in the square in front of the chapel because it was no longer large enough to accommodate everyone. It was not until 1823 that churchwardens approved the plans for today's church.

    James O'Donnell an rish Protestant from New York, was the Basilica's architect. He moved to Montreal to supervise the work. He converted to Catholicism and died in 1830,a few months after the consecration of the church.

    The west tower, called Perserverance, was the first of the twin towers to be constructed, and it was completed in 1841. and houses the great bell which weighs 10,900kg. A 10 bell carillion is housed in Temperance, the second tower, which was completed in 1843.

    There are guided tours, in both French and English.

    There is an admission fee, introduced in January 1999 to help defray the costs of conserving and restoring the building. No contribution is required to attend mass, or personal prayer etc.

    Admission cost at May 2005 was for an adult $4Cdn.

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    Notre-Dame Basilica

    by rsilva Written Jan 5, 2005

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    Carved wood panel

    Being Portuguese, I don't easily get impressed with churches/basilicas as there are many impressive ones over there.

    First there was the entrance fee. I don't really like that, but I can understand it as it would otherwise be even more crowded. In any case, it was free for worshippers, so I guess it is alright.

    Then, the actual basilica is nice, quite impressive but the nicest one I've seen (I've been to St. Peter's/San Pietro Basilica...).

    What I really liked, was a small chapel in the back (but still inside) of the basilica, that had a beautiful carved wood panel (see picture).

    Overall, if you are in Montreal it is worth a visit.

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    Notre Dame Cathedral

    by fairy_dust Written Oct 21, 2004

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    Quebec is historically a Catholic province, the Church had a major influence on the lives of French-speaking Quebeckers from the time of colonization, to the 1960s. Though Quebec is now the most secularized province in Canada, the Catholic heritage is very prominent because of all the old churches in town. In Old Montreal, there is Notre Dame, which is one of the most beautiful churches I've ever seen (and as a devout Roman Catholic who attends Sunday Mass even when travelling, I've seen a lot of churches!). The inside is absolutely beautiful with all the details and carvings, and though the chapel is plainer, it's also worth visiting. I haven't seen Notre Dame since I was very young, but I loved it so much that I still remember it. Also, it was the church where Celine Dion got married.

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    Basilique Notre-Dame

    by buzzz Written Aug 10, 2004

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    Basilique Notre-Dame

    The Basilique Notre-Dame is gorgeous but unfortunately we only got to see it from the outside. My guide book for Montreal gave the opening times for June - early Sept as 7am - 8pm but when we turned up at 4.50pm they said they where closing at 5pm so be warned and get there early.

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    Notre Dame or Westminster Abbey?

    by ct-bound Written Aug 7, 2004

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    Notre Dame

    The beautiful old church here, located at the border of Old Montreal and Downtown is called 'Notre Dame', although it looks a lot like Westminster Abbey to me!

    It costs $4 just to go in, but I took a peek through the door, and I think it would be worth it if you like architecture and stained glass.

    Breathtaking interior!

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  • Basilica Notre-Dame

    by Sasie Updated Jul 5, 2004

    Notre-Dame is a beautiful church. It is without a doubt the most peaceful and sweetest church I have ever been in. I try to go each time I'm in Montreal, simply to sit and absorb that beautiful atmosphere.

    There are other churches in Montreal to visit. And they are quite lovely, but this one....

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