August 5, 2013 – 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.