Notre Dame Basilica is one of Montreal’s most beautiful buildings. The parish housed in the church dates back to 1657, but by the start of the nineteenth century had outgrown its building. Notre Dame Basilica was built between 1824 and 1829, and was consecrated in 1828. It was designed by Irish-American architect James O’Donnell. A Protestant, O’Donnell converted to Catholicism on his deathbed in order to be buried in the church’s crypt. The basilica is a magnificent example of Gothic Revival architecture. At 60m, it was Montreal’s tallest building until 1928.
The interior of the church is massive and breathtaking. This is an architectural marvel, on par with any of Europe’s great cathedrals. The stained glass is beautiful, as is the magnificent organ. Entry to the church is free to worshippers, but visitors are charged an admission fee. Remember to be respectful and not too boisterous – this is an active house of worship. Photography is not allowed while service is in session. The Montreal Symphony performs free concerts here in July.
Tours begin every hour on the hour and are included in the admission. They last twenty minutes.
Location: 110 Notre-Dame Street West, Montreal, H2Y 1T2
Telephone: (514) 842 2925
Hours: Open daily 08:00-16:30; services at 17:00 daily and Sunday morning
$4.00 Youth (7-17)
Free admission for children under 7.