The Notre-Dame Basilica

© Notre-Dame Baislica, Stéphan Poulin - Notre-Dame Baislica© Notre-Dame Basilica, Stéphan Poulin - Notre-Dame Basilica© Notre-Dame Basilica - Notre-Dame Basilica / Organ
© Notre-Dame Basilica - Treasures of Napoléon© Poupard et Delaunay, Hatters to the Palais Royal, active in Paris, early 19th C. / Napoleon's Hat © Michael Vesia - Notre-Dame Basilica of Montréal
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© Notre-Dame Baislica, Stéphan Poulin - Notre-Dame Baislica

March 21, 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.One of the must-sees of this imposing edifice is its stunning light and sound show, which 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.A rare event in its 185 years of existence, the Notre-Dame Basilica opens its crypt to those visiting the Treasures of Napoléon exhibition, where over 350 pieces from the esteemed collection of Pierre-Jean Chalençon are on display.