St. Patrick's Basilica

Saint Patrick's Basilica is one of many beautiful churchs in Montreal

Saint Patricks Basilica
Saint Patricks Basilica cc licensed photo by Mike Durkin

Montreal has a number of beautiful churches and basilicas and one of the most famous basilicas is Saint Patrick's Basilica. The basilica being named after Saint Patrick has historic links with the Irish community of Canada and is the oldest English speaking Roman Catholic church in Montreal.

The basilica is situated on René-Lévesque Boulevard in downtown Montreal and is worth the visit even if you have been to some of the other beautiful basilica's in the city. The architecture of Saint Patrick's Basilica is Gothic Revival unlike Saint Joseph's Oratory which is Italian renaissance. The Basilica was designed by P. L. Morin and Father Felix Martin and is a true master piece of the Gothic Revival style. Notably inside the church you will see a beautiful mosaic work on the ceiling and stained glass with much attention and detail going into the woodwork inside the basilica. The choir which performs selected services is made up of volunteers from the congregation with each section being led by professional singers. Mass takes place on a daily basis and is led by various of the parish's priests. There are also devotional services held weekly. Any Catholic, Irish or otherwise, feeling a little homesick should definitely pay the Basilica a visit to get a taste of home.

Not only is it a place of interest from a religious and an architectural perspective but also from a historical perspective especially for Irish Canadians living in Quebec. The Basilica has been named a National History Site of Canada. The Basilica now has the honorary title of minor basilica which was promoted by Pope John Paul II.

Facts For Your Visit

Fee: No

Regular Hours:
May differ on holidays

  • Monday: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
  • Thursday: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
  • Friday: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
  • Saturday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Sunday: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Address: 460 Boul. René-Lévesque O, Montréal, QC H2Z 1A7, Canada

Phone: (514) 866-7379

Official Website: St. Patrick's Basilica

Reviews

Rated 4.7 out of 5 Star Rating

5 Star Rating An absolutely beautiful place to stop in visit while visiting Montreal! I visited during the weekday and almost had the whole place to myself. Beautiful artwork all over, just amazing to sit and admire the beauty of it all. Definitely swing by and see it in person.
Hollie Robinson - 4 months ago

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5 Star Rating March 07, 2023 ✝️ Saint Patrick's Basilica was built in 1847. Located in the heart of downtown Montreal. The interiors were absolutely stunning. The ambiance exudes a sense of tranquility, providing a truly calming experience. I highly recommend a visit to this Basilica. Whether you are looking for spiritual renewal, cultural enrichment, or simply a peaceful sanctuary, this Basilica is sure to leave a lasting impression. It is absolutely breathtaking. So much detail in the architectural part of it. I honestly loved just sitting there and appreciating everything. There are also candles to light at different sections of the church. I personally love the purple candles. Entry is free and they are so welcoming. It’s usually quiet and serene. BASILICA Saint Patrick’s Parish is a welcoming and reconciling community. Beginning with our deep roots in the Irish diaspora we have developed into a diverse and dynamic group from many backgrounds joining together as parishioners of the Mother Church of Montreal’s English Speaking Catholics. Msgr. Francis J. Coyle, pastor, and Fr. Robert Pierre-Louis, Assistant Priest, lead and guide our downtown congregation. Saint Patrick’s Church opened its doors on March 17th, 1847 to serve the needs of the growing Irish community in Montreal and just in time for the wave of Irish immigrants escaping famine and other troubles in Ireland.
Princess Arlene - 5 months ago

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5 Star Rating This is a beautiful church honouring St Patrick located in the heart of downtown Montreal. There are masses daily. Check schedule. The inside is peaceful and has a classic church look. There are also candles to light. St Patrick is my Patron Saint and Im very blessed to visit this beautiful church.There are 2 entrances.
Tiffany - 7 months ago

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5 Star Rating Beautiful church right in downtown that was much less busy than all the other cathedrals we visited.
Winston Lai - 5 months ago

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5 Star Rating Beautiful church built in 1847. There was no entry charge but they accept donations through various forms of payment.
Samantha Rosanna Ramsammy - 6 months ago

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Directions

Metro Line Nearest Station Walking Time
Line 2 - OrangeSquare-Victoria3 Minutes

How to get to St. Patrick's Basilica by Metro

By Metro: Take Metro Line 2 to Station Square-Victoria and exit to Belmont Street. Walk straight south down Cote du Beaver Hall (the street to your left as you exit) and then turn left at Gauchetiere Street West. The basilica is set back from the park and steps just ahead on your left.

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