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

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The Notre-Dame Basilica is Montreal's landmark church. Many famous people have had their funerals here, including former prime minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau and hockey legend Maurice "Rocket" Richard were held. This is also where Celine Dion married her manager Rene Angelil.

The Notre-Dame Basilica was built in the 1820s to replace the original, now-demolished Notre-Dame church that had become too small to accomodate Montreal's worshippers. The East and West towers, which were part of the original plans but only added some 20 years later, are called "Temperance" and "Perseverance" (because of its 279 steps?), respectively.

Despite its historical and architectural significance, the Basilica is not an historical monument. This is because the owners of the church (the Fabrique de la Paroisse de Notre-Dame) do not want the state to meddle in their private affairs.

The church is open weekdays from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Sundays from 12:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. A minimum contribution of $4 is charged at the entrance. There is also a light show called "Et la lumiere fut" ("And then there was light"), which costs $10, but I have never seen it.

Address: 110 Notre-Dame Street West
Directions: Between Saint-Francois-Xavier and Saint-Sulpice streets. From the Place-d'Armes metro station, take a right on Saint-Urbain, which goes uphill into Old Montreal.
Phone: 514-842-2925 or 1-866-842-2925

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  • Updated Mar 29, 2010
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