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Notre-Dame Basilica (Basilique Notre-Dame)

116 Notre-Dame W. | Montreal, Quebec H2Y 1T1 | Official website
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  • Type: Churches/Religious Sites, Sightseeing
  • Time to Spend: 1 to 2 hours
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Overall Rating: 4.0 U.S. News Travel (4.2)
Value: 4.0 (4.0)
Facilities: 4.0 (4.0)
Atmosphere: 5.0 (5.0)
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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 4 or 4:30 p.m., depending on the day. On Sundays, the church is open to the public from 12:30 to 4 p.m.. Entry to the basilica costs $5 CAD (around $4.50 USD) for adults and $4 CAD (just under $4 USD) for children ages 7 to 17; kids ages 6 and under can enter for free. Several guided tours are also available at additional costs. For more information, visit the Notre-Dame Basilica's website.

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