Notre-Dame Basilica (Basilique Notre-Dame)
- Type: Churches/Religious Sites, Sightseeing
- Time to Spend: 1 to 2 hours
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It is said that when architect James O'Donnell designed the Notre-Dame Basilica in 1824, he was so moved by the outcome that he himself converted to Catholicism. Constructed in a Gothic Revival style and adorned with intricate statues and tranquil chapels, this grand church can accommodate 4,000 worshippers, but you should make a secular stop by in the evening for La Lumière Fut ("There is Light"), a sound-and-light show that depicts Montreal's history and illuminates the church's artwork.
The Notre-Dame Basilica towers high over the cobblestone streets of Vieux-Montréal (accessible from the Orange Line's Place d'Armes métro station) and is open to visitors Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to early evening and Sunday afternoons. Entry to the basilica costs about around $5USD for adults and is free for children 6 and under. For more information about La Lumière Fut and other special events, visit the Notre-Dame Basilica's website.