- Type: Churches/Religious Sites
- Time to Spend: 1 to 2 hours
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Although the church itself has been rebuilt several times, the Notre-Dame de Québec Basilica has stood on the same spot in the heart of Old Québec since 1647, making it one of the oldest cathedrals in North America. The exterior may seem a bit dull (especially compared to the Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré Basilica just northeast of town), but the bold neo-Baroque interior will take your breath away. Notre-Dame de Québec is gilded in shimmering gold leaf, historic religious paintings, and treasures that date back to the French colonial period. And if you don't mind adding a little spook to your visit, tour the crypt. This part of the facility is the resting place of more than 900 people, including archbishops, cardinals and governors.
Many recent travelers recommend visiting Notre-Dame during mass. According to one TripAdvisor user, "This is how this art and architecture was meant to be experienced […] in the context of the Ritual, the art and architecture came alive." Others recommend tagging along on a guided tour of the basilica and the crypt; visitors say that the volunteer tour guides are like fountains of information.
Notre-Dame de Québec Basilica is open every day, although hours may vary depending on the season and the religious services schedule. General admission is free, but the guided tours cost $3 CAD (around $3 USD) for adults and $2 CAD for children. To learn more, visit the basilica's website.
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Old Québec (Vieux-Québec)<0.5 miles away
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