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“All-embracing church” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Notre-Dame Basilica

Notre-Dame Basilica
110 Notre-Dame Street West, Montreal, Quebec H2Y 1T2, Canada
514-842-2925
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$11*
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Walking Tour of Old Montreal or Downtown Montreal
Ranked #1 of 202 Attractions in Montreal
Type: Architectural Buildings, Religious Sites, Cultural
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Montreal's oldest Catholic church, built in 1656, is known for its intricately designed interior, which includes stained glass chronicling the history of the city.
Montreal, Canada
2 reviews
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“All-embracing church”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2014

Charging $5 to enter is really, really poor taste. I understand that the church needs funds for repairs and I heard the tour-guide complain how poorly the church is visited by the faithful. However, it's hard to feel sorry for a church decked in gold, with priests decked in gold, where the Church itself gets enormous tax breaks and indeed money from the state (and many other states the world over), from taxes we pay. If they had just kindly asked for a voluntary donation, I would have gladly paid the $5.

Visited January 2014
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“Beautiful”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2014

Loved listening to the organ. Every afternoon at 14:00pm, the Organ is played for an hour and you can buy the ticket to visit the Basilica and listen to the concert at the same time.

Visited December 2013
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“Beautiful Basilica”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2014

Exquisite. Some similarly beautiful basilicas in Europe don't charge a fee but for the price of a big mac, this is not too bad. Worth it.

Visited January 2014
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“Gorgeous”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2014

A must-do in Montreal. The exterior is beautiful, but the interior is simply amazing. We spent nearly an hour enjoying the stained glass windows, the magnificent alter and the atmosphere that was very peaceful.

Visited January 2014
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“Most beautiful cathedral I have seen so far”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2014

I have been in many many basilicas and cathedrals in old Europe, as my daughter is studying art history and has a great interest in those. I didn't know what to expect when I visited Notre-Dame in Montreal, as travel guide didn't say much about it. But I was surprised by the beauty of the cathedral - it is just marvellous. Definitely must see in Montreal. I spent nearly 1,5 hour just following the guided tours, listening the history and enjoying the view.
The altar area is very beautiful and they have enhanced the view with colourful lights. So it is something which is difficult to describe, you should see it by yourself.

Visited October 2013
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