- Churches/Religious Sites Type
- 1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
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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 is breathtaking. Notre-Dame de Québec is gilded in shimmering gold leaf, historical 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 recommended visiting Notre-Dame during Mass, while others recommend tagging along on a guided tour of the basilica and the crypt; visitors said 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. In general, it is open weekdays from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturdays from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and on Sundays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. In the summer, it is open every day until 7 p.m.
General admission is free, but admission to the Notre-Dame de Québec Museum costs CA$5 (about $4). To learn more, visit the cathedral's website.
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