Notre-Dame's twin towers have served as an Old Montreal landmark since the Neo-Gothic basilica was finished in 1829. Today ... More
Notre-Dame's twin towers have served as an Old Montreal landmark since the Neo-Gothic basilica was finished in 1829. Today they continue to be the focal point, where tourists disgorge from buses and calèche drivers line up for passengers. The interior glows with gilded statuary and gold-leafed fleurs de lys, and is home to one of the largest pipe organs in the world. The Montreal Symphony Orchestra performs its Christmas production of Messiah here at the Basilique Notre-Dame de Montreal or the Notre-Dame Basilica.
I loved the tour. It was worth every penny. She explained so much. We were a small group and she explained the history of the Basilica. It is really a sight to behold as is the Chapel in the back of the main church. I am still in awe. Great to see whether you are religious or not and perfect activity for hte winter.
there was nothing to dislike about! everything was perfect and i jus loved the old settings in what took place is jus breathtaking. those who avent been there have to go and check it out! its jus incredible!!! i really loved it and i would love to go back!
Notre Dame is beautiful, you don't need a tour guide to see that but there are free (with the cost of admission) tours that start pretty regularly.
They're informative and interesting and, as always with a tour guide, they give you great insight into the magnificent place. As long as you've paid to get in, you might as well hang out to get the inside story.
No trip to Montreal would be complete without a stop here.
The church next to the skyscraper is not Notre-Dame Basilica but Mary Queen of the World Cathedral ! This Cathedral is the main church of the Montréal Catholic Diocese is is loccated in the midst of the business centre of the City.
Don't waste your time or money on the "Et la lumiere fut" ("And then there was light") presentation at the Notre-Dame Basillica. This is a 30-minute film that gives a brief history of the cathedral through a combination of still shots of paintings, cartoon drawings, and poorly scripted and acted scenes. The film is projected onto a large screen positioned above the center aisle, as well as on sail-like canvases that are stretched from the balconies down to the pews on each side. The big finale is when the projection screens are all taken away, revealing the interior lights of the catherdral.
Don't be fooled by the flyers and promotions that bill this event as a "sound and light show." Your best bet is to come earlier during the day and pay the regular admission price to tour the cathedral at your leisure.
$4 is an amazingly small price to pay for admission to one of the most awe-inspiring places we've ever seen. If you're Catholic, the statues, the scenes portrayed in stained glass, the small side altars and chapels, the baptismal font and confessionals all take on increased significance. Even if you're not Catholic, the interior of the church and its main altar are breathtaking.
And don't forget to stop behind directly behind the main altar to see the smaller chapel. It's another stunning place, with distinctly more modern architecture due to rebuilding after a fire.
My wife has traveled Europe extensively. According to her, this is the most beautiful church she has ever seen.
As for the one goof who griped about a church charging $4 for a tour of the building, maybe YOU ought to get appointed pastor... and then figure out a way to pay for the lights, heat, maintenance and upkeep of the place. $4 is a bargain, especially if it keeps open a place that inspires thousands of visitors to contemplate the divine. Cheapskate.
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