Québec: Guide Touristique
Tourisme québec Visit the region of Quebec
Home   What to do in Quebec Events Lodging
Hotel Quebec
Welcome to Quebec
Tourist regions
Travelling to Quebec


Quebec's highlights
The four seasons of Quebec
Did you know that ...?
How to subscribe

Home > Highlights > Notre-Dame Basilica of Montréal
Notre-Dame Basilica of Montréal

A Basilica Full of History and Heritage

A real treasure among the modern buildings of the metropolis, the Notre-Dame Basilica still overlooks today the landscape of Old Montreal by its imposing façade. Representing an important part of Montreal’s religious heritage, the Notre-Dame Basilica impresses with its neo-Gothic style, its refined furniture, its religious works of art and the chapel’s décor. Inspired by Paris’ Sainte-Chapelle, the Basilica was built in only 35 months from 1824 to 1829. At the time of its consecration, it was the largest temple in North America of any religious denomination as well as the first ever Gothic Revival style church in Canada. All art and history lovers will also be interested to know that archaeological treasures are still hidden around the basilica and under the church’s square.

Visit to the BasilicaA visit not to be missed
A visit to the Basilica is the best way to discover this true architectural beauty. Guided tours of about 20 minutes (included in the entry fees) and an explanatory leaflet will allow you to fully grasp the scale of this construction as well as its spiritual importance. Take the time to marvel at the many works of art displayed inside whether it is paintings, sculptures or frescoes. You will most probably not have enough of one visit to see everything!

A Unique Place for Sacraments
Being primarily a place devoted to the Catholic religion, the Notre-Dame Basilica of Montreal host regularly numerous religious services. So whether it is to seal the bond of love with marriage, to enter the world of the God with baptism, to commemorate the deceased with a funeral or a commemorative mass, or for any other sacrament, the Notre-Dame Basilica is ready to welcome you in these important moments of your life and the life of your family. About a hundred marriages and around 120 baptisms are celebrated each year at the Basilica. Moreover, the Basilica invites everyone to attend the masses celebrated each day at the church.

And Then There Was LightImportant Place of Events and Shows
Definitely the most dazzling activity in town, the light and sound show “And Then There Was Light” invites you to virtually travel back in time. The animated lightings and dynamic representations projected on gigantic curtains suspended to the Basilica’s vault will make you see, live and hear, in a unique way, the birth of Montreal and of the Basilica.

Furthermore, the Notre-Dame Basilica presents many varied events all year long. It is the host of several concerts that gives you the chance to enjoy some of the best orchestras, quartets, organists, vocal ensembles and local choral societies in a place of outstanding beauty which offers remarkable acoustics. The summer season is therefore the occasion to organise numerous organ concerts with some of the most renowned organists in the world!

Visit the website of the Basilica regularly to know the schedule of the various concerts and events.

Other highlights
Days Inn Montréal
Days Inn Montréal
CinéRobothèques ONF
CinéRobothèques ONF
Notre-Dame Basilica of Montréal
Notre-Dame Basilica of Montréal


Tourisme Québec

Info tourisme Québec

Site map | About us | Terms of use Quebec destination
Province de Québec
Information Touristique Québec   Voyager au Québec

Quebec’s activity guide is a complete source of travel information to find all the information you need to plan your stay in the province of Quebec. In this travel guide, you will find information concerning the regions of Quebec, the attractions, activities, not to be missed events as well as lodging.

Visit our travel guide to find all the relevant information about tourism in Quebec, as well as about many sports and outdoor activities, water activities, agrotourism, parks and >hiking, family fun, restaurants, shopping, health centres and spas, cruises, cultural activities and festivals and event.

© Copyright 2006-2007 Global Internet inc.
Contact us

Designed by Global Internet
Hosted on quebecwebTM