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“A must-visit”

Notre-Dame Basilica
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 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.
Toronto, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“A must-visit”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 23, 2013

I had been here before several years ago and dragged my companion with me this time...its hard to hype up a church but this is a really beautiful building. The architecture is amazing and despite being a popular tourist spot it feels so calm and peaceful inside. The little chapel at the back is also worth a look, very different design style!! I didnt see the light show at night.
$5 entry fee is well worth it!!

Visited February 2013
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“Unbelievably Sacred”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 21, 2013

Indescribable - a truly must see and experience. Take a moment while inside to visit each of the chapels and to learn about the history of this glorius place. Did you know that the architect was an Irishman from New York? He moved to Montreal to assist in the design, coverted to Catholicism and lived to see the completion of Notre Dame.

Visited February 2013
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Toronto, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Breathtakingly beautiful interior!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 21, 2013

A mini trip to Montreal this week led us to explore Old Montreal, where our hotel was located. The Notre Dame Basilica was the first "tourist attraction" we stopped at. The weather was rather chilly and windy, so we were glad to have an opportunity to go inside for a $5 entrance fee. Needless to say, the interior of this church is ABSOLUTELY beautiful, so surreal, so enchanting.....words can't even describe the exact feeling you get when you walk in and see it in all its vividness. Looking back at the pictures we took, it's still hard to believe that this is actually real. The colours and grandiose ceiling, walls and statues make this church look like a painting. This is a must-see for anybody who is visiting Old Montreal!!

Visited February 2013
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 20, 2013 via mobile

Absolutely amazing church with incredible history. The evening light show is a little cheezy but gives a great history of the church and Montreal. Highly recommend it.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 19, 2013

Went to the high mass at 11am on Sunday. The interior architecture is stunning. The choir sang in french and were beautiful to listen to. The priests and other religious added great pomp to the mass. For a Catholic it was a gracious experience. For tourists it is a must see in Montreal because of its magnificance.

Visited February 2013
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