Notre-Dame Basilica
Notre-Dame Basilica
4.5
Points of Interest & LandmarksChurches & Cathedrals
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Montreal's oldest Catholic church, built in 1656, is known for its intricately designed interior, which includes stained glass chronicling the history of the city.
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The area
Address
Neighborhood: Ville-Marie
How to get there
  • Place-d'Armes • 3 min walk
  • Champ-de-Mars • 8 min walk
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  • johnnygogo97
    Morristown, New Jersey69 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing Night Light Show
    The evening light show was incredible. Disney quality performance and I couldn't believe what I was watching... just amazing. Good for everyone... not overly religious, but spiritual. almost brought me to tears it was so beautiful.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 6, 2023
  • Marty J
    67 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful Basilica
    The music and lights made for a great show. Some negative reviews posted but I felt it was a great and different way to see the Basilica. The price to me is expected for such a tourist attraction. It made a good start to enjoy the evening, watch the lights then walk old town. We really enjoyed our time. Note* you have plenty of time to view the church in the daylight before and after.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 7, 2023
  • Alice K
    Chevy Chase, Maryland37 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning!
    The church is absolutely stunning. We didn’t take a tour though, perhaps, we should have. Please be advised to plan ahead to avoid both ticket lines and events which might close the place down. The all day, advance tickets, were helpful and we were treated to a children’s choir performance we didn’t know about in advance. It was perfect against the exquisite environment. The next day the place was closed for a high school graduation ceremony so we got lucky.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 16, 2023
  • dj1973fsu
    New Smyrna Beach, Florida11 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning architecture and interior spaces
    Just amazing to see the detail and beauty of this holy place. We were able to enter to pray, so we were not there on a tour. The only complaint would be that the Senior class was practicing a skit during our visit. We thought this was disrespectful of such a place of worship.
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 19, 2023
  • cnn73
    Jacksonville, Florida1,113 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Exudes grandeur
    What a beautiful ornate church. Looking around makes one marvel at the workmanship! The line to buy tickets was not to long the day we visited but I would suggest you but tickets on line. Very beautiful place especially the altar. Worth a visit.
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 22, 2023
  • Susan E
    Melbourne, Florida176 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful Basilica
    The Basilica is gorgeous on the inside. If you have been to other famous cathedrals such as Notre Dame de Paris, Chartres, Winchester, Salisbury, etc., you might be surprised by how small it is and due to its age it does not have the history behind it as the others do. I enjoyed just sitting in a pew and taking in the decoration and then walking around to read the plaques and see the work up close. I heard some people grumble about the price to get in ($15 Canadian), but I considered it a donation to preserve the artistry. They do offer organ concerts as part of the ticket price several days a week and I wish I had been there at the right time to hear it. For the record, I was there on a rainy Saturday June morning, arrived about 30 minutes before opening and was first in line to buy a ticket. The queue got long behind me about 10 minutes before they opened.
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 23, 2023
  • Brendan S
    Arlington, Virginia2,041 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful cathedral
    This basilica is notable for the blue-toned color in the altar area, which is quite enchanting. The basilica itself is otherwise not as big as it seems. There’s an admission fee, and 24 signs assist a nice self-guided tour spotlighting stained glass windows, paintings and statues.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written July 2, 2023
  • Doc D
    Rocklin, California2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Visit the Notre-Dame Basilica 110 Notre-Dame Street West while Montreal, Canada
    Judy and I attended the self-walking tour at the Montreal, Canada Notre-Dame Basilica 110 Notre-Dame Street West Montreal, Canada. We went on Sunday and the crowded Cathedral was very noisy, which diminised the ambiance significantly. We came back for the 5 PM service and that was awesome. Remember you will be in the French speaking section of Montreal, so bring your bibliotech, or an interpreter which I did (Judy speaks French very indeed).
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 6, 2023
  • Giusto Golca
    Montreal, Canada1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Our home away from home
    My grandparents helped build this place many decades ago. Now I go with my children and my family to witness this wonder. I recommend this place, not only for its architecture but also for the spectacular stained glass windows.
    Visited February 2023
    Written July 10, 2023
  • Frank C
    Sarasota, Florida416 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Best of Montreal
    Best of Montreal. The Light show at 8 pm, for the Price, best deal in Montreal! Make reservations early, could sell out. Sit in Center left side, best view for show. Outstanding. Very Professional. Staff was informative and courteous. Had about 400 people at our show , it was a Tuesday night, sure weekends are busier. Had just enough time to explore after show, also before they kick you out. Suggest ,as others have to get there as early as they let you in, to explore and read up on all the History.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 19, 2023
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Chuck S
Erie, PA298 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
What a beautiful and well-maintained church. Great artwork and the plaques throughout the building were helpful in understanding the history and story of the art and the church building. A MUST SEE in Montreal!
Written May 28, 2024
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Elsa
Elmhurst, IL69 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
I was in the area for business and this was a stop I needed to make. Do not hesitate to pay the small fee for entrance. This basilica is beautiful and rich with history. I enjoyed taking it all in.
Written May 24, 2024
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Dhwani Parekh
United States175 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Friends
The church is stunning and a must-see in Montreal. It costs CAD 15 to enter and the ticketing process is well-managed with organized lines. The line wasn't bad the day we went, and we were inside in about 5 mins. It was crowded inside though but people kept moving.
Written May 19, 2024
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AussieNat
Brisbane, Australia105 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Upon entering the church, my husband and I were both taken by the beauty of this church. It is truly breathtaking. Entry cost $16 and was worth every cent.
Written May 17, 2024
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IAN D
Wigan, UK25,516 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
This cathedral is stunning,it was the first place we went on our visit to Montreal. The windows are stunning as is the pulpit. There is just so many beautiful things in terms of architecture to see that words will not do justice
Written May 14, 2024
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Christina B
Louisiana6,204 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Solo
We were on a tour and had the opportunity to visit. There is a $15 fee to enter. My husband wasn’t interested so I went in alone. It is absolutely stunning!! Massive, rich in colors, solid old sculpted wood .. just so much to see. From the stain glass, to the statues & mosaic tiles. I think I was inside about 20 mins, could have stayed longer had I not needed to leave. So much detail to take in. A must see if you are in Montreal!!
Written May 13, 2024
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ryanc3
northampton,england443 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Solo
Visited this amazing cathedral in Montreal, the entrance fee was 16 Canadian, but was worth it.
Go take a look and experience the place
Written May 13, 2024
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rfavareto
Bangkok, Thailand3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Amazing. Great experience, you need to visit this church. Full of history, details and of course , God blessing us to get a good trip. Start here!
Written May 8, 2024
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Pete
Fredericksburg, VA1,205 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
The church was spectacular, viewing it from the outside. However, our tour guide wasn’t supposed to take us inside. It was raining
Written May 5, 2024
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malak
Mumbai, India8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
beautiful architecture and very well maintained
also extremely serene and peaceful atmosphere
makes you want to never leave
Written April 29, 2024
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