Notre Dame Basilica

If you appreciate beautiful historical buildings and architecture the Basilica of Notre-Dame is a must see

Notre-Dame Basilica in Montreal
Notre-Dame Basilica in Montreal cc licensed photo by Geoff Livingston

One of Montreal's most impressive historical sites is the Basilica of Notre-Dame. Referred to as a masterpiece of Gothic Revival architecture, both the outside and inside of the Basilica are displays of architectural ingenuity.

The Basilica built between 1824-1829 is the work of James O'Donnell an architect from New York and then later (1870-1900) Cure' Victor Rousselot and Victor Bourgeau. When standing outside the Basilica looking up you will see the twin towers looming over you in all their majesty. The western tower is called 'Perseverance' and the eastern tower called 'Temperance'. Each tower is home to the church bells of the Basilica. Perseverance houses the great bell nick-named 'Jean- Baptiste' whilst Temperance houses 10 smaller bells.

The inside of the Basilica is impressive with stained glass windows, vaulted ceilings, sculptures, statues and paintings. But what is even more impressive are the fine details which have gone into creating the Gothic style of the church. The columns, the organ, the church pews, the banisters, the pulpit and the altarpiece are all meticulously and beautifully crafted. The use of rich colours makes one feel as if you are in a spring garden or in some heavenly realm. At night time you can also experience a sound and light show within the Basilica which is bound to make your experience even more so memorable.

In addition to the sound and light show, the Basilica of Notre-Dame also hosts many concerts by various orchestras and other music groups. Admission to these concerts does vary from the admission to the actual Basilica, so be sure to check the website for more details on admission for the concerts. In order to be able to truly experience the majesty of a service at the Basilica, one must attend one of the religious events held there. The traditional organ is played and a traditional church choir leads the worship.

To get a true sense of the history of Montreal you have to visit the basilica for what would a visit to a French city in Canada be without a visit to its Sacré-Cœur.

Facts For Your Visit

Fee: Various admission fees apply, see the website for the full fee schedule.

Currently Closed

Hours This Week:
  • Monday: 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM
  • Tuesday: 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM
  • Wednesday: 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM
  • Thursday: 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM
  • Friday: 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM
  • Saturday: 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
  • Sunday: 12:30 – 4:00 PM

Address: 110 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montréal, QC H2Y 1T2, Canada

Phone: (514) 842-2925

Official Website: Notre Dame Basilica

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Directions

Metro Line Nearest Station Walking Time
Line 2 - OrangePlace-d'Armes4 Minutes

How to get to Notre Dame Basilica by Metro

By Metro: Take Metro Line 2 to Place-d'Armes; exit and go right (south) on St. Urbain Street. You will see the Basilica straight ahead as you approach.

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Reviews

Rated 4.7 out of 5Notre-Dame Basilica of Montreal Star Rating

5 Star Rating Timeless beauty. You can't go in and not be awed. No matter how many photos of this place you've seen, it will never compare to your eyes truly experiencing it for the first time. A side from it's aesthetic appeal, it is a place of worship so try to keep that in mind when going. Be respectful. The church has definitely found a way to monetize sight see-ers so bring at least $15 cash to get in per person.

Asha Dhanoa - 22 days ago

5 Star Rating This place is magnificent. Yes, it is a church but the architecture and it’s beauty has no words. We took an English tour and they give you a background of the church, when and how it was built. Try taking a tour if you are visiting this place. The fees is very nominal and I think it’s worth every penny. You can pray or you can enjoy the holy view. I would go here again and again if I am in Montreal.

Anju Gowda - 1 month ago

5 Star Rating I loved this place. Definitely a beautiful and well kept piece of history. I have never seen a church look even half as nice as this one. Would definitely recommend this place to those who love sightseeing and history. Very cheap to get it, I believe it was only $5 but might be more depending on events and seasons. They allow you to take pictures inside. Worth the trip.

Derek Schierholtz - 1 month ago

5 Star Rating It's such a beautiful cathedral. I bet you will feel like spending more time at this place. I saw the possibility of having a horse carriage ride outside the cathedral. A beautiful location to get some great pictures as your Montreal trip memories. During Christmas they have some Christmas walks-but be sure to check out the timings. Entry fee is 6CAD and they only accept cash. No cards accepted

Kritika - 1 month ago

5 Star Rating Extremely intricate and beautiful designs. I was in the basilica between 3-4 pm in winter so the interior is a bit dark and the stained glass did not look it’s best. Nevertheless it was breathtakingly beautiful. The design doesn’t make it stand out that much more than some other basilicas in the city such as the Saint Patrick’s Basilica, but the guided tour definitely made it worth the $6 entry fee. I would highly recommend staying for the guided tour since otherwise you can go see other churches for free. Also the chapel in the back is magnificent, there’s no pictures allowed in there, so it’s an incentive to go see it for yourselves I guess.

yuliaoSunny - 1 month ago

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This video taken durning a light show at the Notre Dame Basilca shows off some of its amazing beauty and detail.

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