The Notre-Dame Basilica

© Notre-Dame Baislica, Stéphan Poulin - Notre-Dame Baislica© Notre-Dame Basilica, Stéphan Poulin - Notre-Dame Basilica© Michael Vesia - Notre-Dame Basilica of Montréal
© Tourisme Montréal - Notre-Dame Basilica© Tourisme Montréal - Notre-Dame Basilica of Montréal

© Notre-Dame Baislica, Stéphan Poulin - Notre-Dame Baislica

September 8, 2014 No visit to Old Montréal’s historic quarter would be complete without a stop by the majestic Notre-Dame Basilica. Built between 1824 and 1829, this grandiose temple is a true masterpiece of neo-Gothic architecture. Its huge vaulted ceiling studded with gold-painted stars, beautiful frescoes depicted on stained-glass windows and ornately carved woodwork never fail to inspire awe and admiration.

For music lovers and concertgoers, the Basilica hosts a wide variety of unique performances in a remarkable acoustical space whose physical beauty adds to the magic of the moment.

The Basilica can also be the historic backdrop for meetings or receptions in one of its two halls. The rental of screens, lighting (with technical support), and everything needed to make an event a success can be easily arranged.

If you’re in the city in 2015, the stunning light and sound show returns and transforms Notre-Dame’s nave into a ship and sails visitors back through 350 years of history. Using state-of-the-art multimedia technology, the story of the Basilica and Montréal unfolds as images, films, lights and illustrations are projected onto giant white canvasses. Wide-eyed visitors learn about the historical, cultural, architectural and spiritual heritage of the times from Montréal’s illustrious founders, including Jeanne Mance, Marguerite Bourgeoys and Paul Chomedey de Maisonneuve.