Notre-Dame Basilica of Montreal (Basilique Notre-Dame de Montreal)#7 in Best Things To Do in Montreal
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 3,200 worshippers.
Recent visitors said a trip here is worth it, and highly recommend taking the time to go on a 20-minute guided tour. Reviewers were also complimentary of the "Aura" sound and light show that is offered regularly.
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 Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and on Sunday from 12:30 to 4 p.m. Entry to the basilica costs CA$6 (around $4.50 ) for adults and CA$4 (around $3) for children ages 7 to 17; kids ages 6 and younger can enter for free. A free guided tour is included or you can explore on your own. More in-depth guided tours are also available at additional costs. For more information, visit the Notre-Dame Basilica's website.
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#1 Old Montreal (Vieux-Montréal)
As the site of the original city of Montreal, Vieux-Montréal (accessible from the Orange Line's Place-d'Armes and Champ-de-Mars métro stations) is the hub of the city's culture. Not much has changed in this neighborhood despite the city's rapid urbanization. Horse-drawn carriages traverse cobblestone streets and meander past such notable sites as the Basilique Notre-Dame, the Hôtel de Ville (Town Hall), the Vieux-Port (Old Port) and the Marché Bonsecours (Bonsecours Market).
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