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"Notre Dame Basilica" Basilique Notre-Dame de Montréal Tip by Blatherwick

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Notre-Dame Basilica is an incredibly beautiful church. It is well-known for its gorgeous interior with its ceiling decorated in deep blue with gold stars. There are hundreds of intricate wooden carvings all over the sanctuary. The stained-glass windows along the walls of the sanctuary are not biblical, but depict scenes from the religious history of Montreal.

The basilica is attached to the old Sulpician religious Seminary. The Roman Catholic Sulpician Order religious order arrived in Montreal (Ville-Marie) in 1657; six years later the seigneury of the island was given them and they ruled until 1840. The parish they founded was dedicated to the Holy Name of Mary, and the parish church of Notre-Dame was built on the site in 1672. The congregation had completely outgrown the church by the time work began on the new building in 1824. The Protestant architect James O'Donnell was commissioned to design the neo-gothic church. He embraced Catholicism just before he died in 1830, and is buried in the church. The sanctuary was completed in the same year, and the first tower was completed in 1843. When the structure was finished it was the largest church in North America. The interior took much longer, and Victor Bourgeau, who also worked on it until 1879.

A major fire destroyed the Sacré-Coeur Chapel on December 7, 1978. It was rebuilt with the first two levels being reproduced from old drawings and photographs, with modern vaulting and reredos and an immense bronze altarpiece by Quebec sculptor Charles Daudelin. Notre-Dame Church was raised to the status of basilica by Pope John Paul II during a visit to the city on April 21, 1982.

This is the church where the state funeral of Pierre Trudeau, Canada's 15th prime minister, took place in 2000.

Address: 116 rue Notre-Dame Ouest
Directions: It faces Place d'Armes, at the corner of rue Saint-Sulpice in Old Montreal (Place-d'Armes metro station).
Phone: (514) 842-2925

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Dec 23, 2005
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