Like its grander sister in Paris, France, the Notre-Dame Basilica in Montreal, Canada is a spectacular sight. Built in an imposing Gothic-revival style, the cathedral in Montreal is the site of many famous weddings. Although the cathedral was built in 1823. The history of the parish dates to 1672.
The basilica figures prominently in modern Canada’s history. The Notre Dame church was raised to the status of a basilica when Pope John Paul II visited in 1982. Celine Dion was married there in 1994 and the current Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau delivered his father’s eulogy in front of the high altar in 2000.
Walking through Old Montreal is exactly what you would expect from walking through a old medieval French city. The unique European feel to Montreal is why I love the city so much. In addition to the basilica, make sure to visit the home of the Grey Sisters of Montreal. I’ve never been to a nunnery before. Stepping into their estate was like taking a trip back in time. The Grey Sisters of Montreal have taken care of Montreal’s unfortunate citizens since 1737.
Montreal is definitely worth a visit. If nothing else you’ll leave with a since of having time-traveled to late medieval France. The basilica, home of the Grey Sisters, and food and shops are enough to keep a traveler busy.
The church is located at 110 Notre-Dame Street West, at the corner of Saint Sulpice Street. It is located next to the Saint-Sulpice Seminary and faces the Place d’Armes square. There was a special show on the treasures of Napoleon going on when I was there. The basilica often hosts museum exhibits and concerts.
Admission is $5 CAD during the day and $10 CAD for the evening sound and light show Tuesday through Saturday. The best time of day for photographs is about 1:00pm, before the afternoon shadows set in.