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Revive the Gothic
Montreal's famed basilica is a major landmark and one of the most popular tourist destinations in the city. But don't let that dissuade you from visiting; Notre-Dame is one of the world's finest examples of Gothic Revival architecture.
The pipe organ is breathtaking, and even more impressive to hear than it is to look at. If you're in town during the Christmas holiday season, it's worth your time to take in a performance.
Notre Dame has real soul. From the stain glass windows to the colorful altar, Notre Dame is a work of art. It is incredible to think about the time, energy, thought, and man-hours that was put in to create this amazing house of worship. Whether you are Catholic or not, do not skip Notre Dame while visiting Montreal.
In the heart of Old Montréal, Notre-Dame Basilica (Basilique Notre-Dame) stands on the site of the 1672 parish church built by the Sulpician order, which received a land grant in the settlement then known as Ville-Marie. The current church, however, was largely built from 1824 to 1829 and is in a soaring High Gothic style. While the basilica is not the cathedral for Montréal, it is a spiritual and cultural heart for the city’s residents and a site of many significant events—from the state funeral for Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau (for which his son Justin Trudeau, who is the current prime minister, gave the eulogy) to the wedding of Céline Dion.
You hear the clop clopping of horses pullling carriages over the cobblestones of Old Monteal all day and into the evening. Here one stopped in front of Montreal's Notre Dame Basilica, lighted a brilliant blue. Inside they show an historical film about the structure, then dramatically reveal its ornately carved and artistically lit interior.
Last February I took a weekend trip to Montreal with two friends from school. A local friend told us to stop by the basilica and I'm so glad we did. Once in a while you find yourself in a place so hauntingly beautiful there are no words to describe it. We found ourselves sitting on a pew just staring at the altar in silence.
I went back to Montreal for a quick weekend getaway ( I live in NYC) and while there I decided to go inside the Notre Dame Basilica in Old Montreal. And I'm so glad I did. This might be one of the most beautiful churches I have ever seen. Stepping inside is truly breathtaking. I highly recommend visiting.
Montreal has several interesting cathedrals worth visiting. The most famous of which is in the heart of the old city, known for its magnificent alter and vivid decoration. So many bright colors give a sense of how massive the place is, with even more mini cathedrals behind the main hall.