This beautiful basilica is situated in Old Montreal, in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The church is located at 110 Notre-Dame Street West and faces the Place d’Armes square.
It is a truly stunning church, perhaps one of the most beautiful I have seen. The colour and splendour of the interior is so dramatic that you can’t help but draw a breath of astonishment as you walk in. Moreover, there is a definite sense of calm in this church, a spiritual feeling which is apparent from the moment you arrive.
I would definitely recommend it as a must see location if you are visiting Montreal.
Here is a short extract from Wikipedia singing its praises:
The interior of the church is amongst the most dramatic in the world and regarded as a masterpiece of Gothic Revival architecture. The vaults are coloured deep blue and decorated with golden stars, and the rest of the sanctuary is decorated in blues, azures, reds, purples, silver, and gold. It is filled with hundreds of intricate wooden carvings and several religious statues. Unusual for a church, the stained glass windows along the walls of the sanctuary do not depict biblical scenes, but rather scenes from the religious history of Montreal. It also has a Casavant Frères pipe organ, dated 1891, which comprises four keyboards, 92 stops using electropneumatic action and an adjustable combination system, 7000 individual pipes and a pedal board.
I had the fortune to visit Montreal with my two daughters in May. Here they are in the photo below walking ahead of me taking in the spectacular view…
Approximately 11 million people visit Notre-Dame every year, making it one of the most visited monuments in North America.
And here’s another image for you to enjoy.
Unfortunately my photos do not do it justice.
Find out more here: https://www.basiliquenotredame.ca/en/
I hope you get a chance to visit.
Do comment, I’d love to hear if you’ve been.
My previous post about Montreal: https://mjmallon.com/2019/05/26/grafitti-murals-montreal-canada/
Do check out this post about all the wonderful tourist attractions in Canada: https://noatech.travel.blog/2019/06/09/16-top-rated-tourist-attractions-in-canada/
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No, I’ve never been to Montreal. Wow, what a GORGEOUS church!
It is breathtakingly stunning. Loved it. 🙂
How stunning! Our visit was a hasty one, as we were passing through to visit a cousin. and missed it. xx
That’s such a shame. We had loads of plans too but didn’t get to do all we had set out to. Hope you visit and we get to go again one day Joy.
I’ve been to Montreal but didn’t go inside this church. It looks amazing!
Did you enjoy Montreal Darlene? The church was stunning.
I loved it! Such a great atmosphere and wonderful food. I was there for a conference but got to see some of the city. Snuck out one afternoon and did some shopping too.
Yes me too. The food was amazing, hope to do some more posts about our holiday. 🙂
This is one of our favourite places to take out of town guests, just to heart them gasp when they first walk in 😀
We’ve attended a few concerts here over the years as well. Handel`s Messiah and Mozart`s Requiem can put a lump in your throat in a beautiful place like this.
Glad you got to see it when you were in town 🙂
Hi Norm. Just found your comment. I can only imagine how wonderful that would be. I’m so glad we went. A rare gem. 🙂
Wow! It’s absolutely stunning.
Truly it had a calm magnificence Mary which I felt as soon as I walked in. Amazing.
Wonderful photos Marje.. never been to Montreal only Toronto so interesting to see.. xxx
It was my first trip to Canada and my hubby recommended Montreal. I can see why. It was lovely and such a safe city for three ladies to visit!
That is good to hear.. sometimes you are too wary to enjoy..hugsx
The church is gorgeous and your photos are great, Marje. I haven’t been there and would like to visit.
Yes it was a very interesting trip
Certainly a bit of an adventure. Hope you get to visit Miriam. 🙂
Good to hear that you had an interesting trip, Marje. I do hope to visit. 🙂
Wow! Marje, what a stunningly beautiful, ethereal church. I can’t help but return to your photos, absorbing the intensity of colour, design – truly awe-inspiring and I can well understand spiritual. Thank you for sharing with us … and if I ever get to Canada this is a place we have to visit! I can’t wait to see more about your week in Montreal. 😀
Thank you Annika. Yes, I hope you get to visit one day. It truly is a magical find. x
Absolutely beautiful, Marje! Thanks for sharing your travels with us. 🙂
Hi Natalie. It was awesome I wish we’d had more time there is so much to see in Canada. I’d love to go back again one day. 🙂
Wow! What a breathtaking place, Marje. I’ve seen beautiful cathedrals before but this one is unique with all those colors. Truly stunning! Thanks for sharing I’m definitely putting it on my travel list of things to see. Have a great weekend! 😀 xo
Hi Vashti. Yes it was so exotic for a church! Loved it. Hope you have a lovely weekend too Vashti. 🙂 x
Yes it truly is Adele. Stunning. 🙂
Wow! one of the best trip. I want to visit.
Haven’t been to Montreal since my wife and I drove up during EXPO67! Its been awhile. Saw the interior of the church while watching Pavarotti give a Christmas concert there on television. Regards from Florida.