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

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 A truly beautiful basilica whose awe and enormity cannot be fathomed from the outside. There is usually an entrance fee, but it is less than $10. Pro tip: While inside, please try to refrain from making noise. While this place attracts thousands of people a day, it is still a place of worship and there are lots who are praying. You will want to spend a lot of time here just admiring the architecture!

Shiv Kamal - 1 day ago

5 Star Rating A must-see for every visitor to Montreal! The architecture is stunning, and if you're lucky enough to be inside when the organ is being played, it is magical. Don't just admire it from the outside, go inside as well. As it is a place of worship, ensure you are dressed appropriately, and remove your hat before entering. The interior of this church is spectacular.

Kathryn Anderson - 1 month ago

5 Star Rating A stunning Basilica right in the heart of the old port. The inside and outside are both worth a look and they often light it up at night. It is a true showing of the history of Montreal with beautiful architecture and is always kept in top shape. I'm not sure if they give tours, but you can go in at most times, the organs are worth seeing as well. I also went to the Aura light show which takes place within the Basilica. The first half of the show is not impressive as you walk around and see little light shows but the second half (20 minutes) is very cool with a large light show across the front and ceiling (you could not take pictures during this part).

Michel Condoroussis - 1 month ago

5 Star Rating Very beautiful place. It is an historical site of Montreal that has to be see at least once by tourists and even locals. I have been there for the first time and i can only recommend it. The exterior is beautiful and the interior is stunning with vibrant colors. The place is big, you will be in awe after seeing it. One thing, prices for admission seem to have changed from what is written on their website. It said $5 per adult when i checked a week ago but it was $6 when i got there. Anyway, nothing significant, just a heads up. The wait to get in is not long, maybe at most 5 mins, it is just the time people get their tickets, but once you are in, feel free to walk, looks at everything, take pictures at the front, etc. There are even guides that tell facts to people sitting at the front. Feel free to go sit next to them to hear historical fact about the place. If you want to light up candles, they are situated along the sides of the Basilica. Prices are either $2 or $10 per candle depending on the size of it. Souvenirs are available at the front if you want them, they are small things like snow globe, crosses, etc.

Maxime Francoeur - 1 month ago

5 Star Rating Note-Dame Basilica in Montreal , Canada is a beautiful Basilica in the city of Montreal. Seeing is believing and you have to see it believe the splendor of the structure. The different departments of the Basilica are very neatly maintained and you have to be very careful not to miss any details. The altar is beautifully arranged with suitable lighting for our viewing. As you enter the Basilica you can feel the sacred feeling which comes into yourself. Will like to visit in my next visit to the city of Montreal.

Johnson Kanagaraj - 2 months 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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