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Notre-Dame Basilica, Montreal

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See the jewel of Canada's religious heritage at Notre-Dame Basilica, one of the world's most dramatic examples of Gothic Revival architecture. The majestic church boasts hundreds of intricately carved wooden statues in a grand interior that holds up to 4,000 worshippers--all under a blue ceiling speckled with gold stars. Instead of depicting religious scenes, the stained glass windows narrate the history of Montreal and offer a glimpse into the city's development over the centuries. The church regularly hosts musical events, with the main concert taking place at Christmas, when thousands attend the performance of Handel's "Messiah." With our international travel planner, Montreal attractions like Notre-Dame Basilica can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • Must see when in old Montreal! Gorgeous colors. The entire structure is a piece of artwork, inside and out. 
    Must see when in old Montreal! Gorgeous colors. The entire structure is a piece of artwork, inside and out.  more »
  • We had just returned from touring in Spain and Portugal where we toured many magnificent churches. But, they were all SO gaudy and overdone it became overwhelming. Notre-Dame was elegant, lovely... 
    We had just returned from touring in Spain and Portugal where we toured many magnificent churches. But, they were all SO gaudy and overdone it became overwhelming. Notre-Dame was elegant, lovely...  more »
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  • It is the most beautiful church i have ever been to. The area is huge and the interior is so pretty. The statues and paintings all have history behind it. It was nice to know the our past is preserved in such an honourable way. The upper area was closed at the time. But the front alone is gigantic. You can sit there for hours and feel the serenity.
  • During COVID times, as with everything else, advanced reservations were required to enter. Purchased tickets for the light show here. It is one of the top ten greatest experiences I've ever had. The animations and accompanying music was absolutely breathtaking. After the show, the house lights came on and we were able to view the basilica in its natural splendor. A site not to be missed

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