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

  The famed towers of Notre-Dame
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  • The famed towers of Notre-Dame - Montreal
      The famed towers of Notre-Dame
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Notre-Dame Basilica is the main church in Vieux-Montréal, the old French quarter of the city. Despite the fact that parish and the area around the church date from the late-1600s, the actual church that stands where Notre-Dame does dates from the 1800s. In the 1820s the Sulpician order commissioned the construction of a larger church and the first sanctuary was completed by 1830. The style of the church was neo-Gothic, designed by an Irish Protestant, and the complete construction of the church, including the finishing of the interior, was not completed until 1888, more than six decades after the plans for a new temple had been conceived. The interior of the church is richly decorated with various colours, a break in the otherwise dark and gloomy nature of Gothic and neo-Gothic architecture. Notre-Dame is remarkable for the fact that the stained glass depicts scenes from Montreal's religious history, rather than the Bible; this seems to be a theme in Montreal, as a later Catholic church in Little Italy contains frescoes of Mussolini rather than Biblibal Patriarchs. Notre-Dame is a favourite among tourists and it can be difficult to get good shots without the crowds unless you come early.

Address: 110 Notre-Dame Street
Directions: At Place d'Armes
Phone: +1 514-842-2925

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