Open to the public daily, guided tours enable you to discover breathtaking architecture, gold leaves, infinite blue, and stained glass windows of Notre-Dame Basilica. The first neo-gothic Church, Notre-Dame Basilica is an important witness of Montréal’s foundations. The structure bears witness to its Catholic history and the ever-present connections between the arts and religion. The architectural style marked a turning point in religious tradition and has been imitated by several parishes.
A Unique Gem of Montréal
A place of prayer and celebration of Catholic worship, Notre-Dame Basilica has been the site for grand events that have highlighted the imagination of the Québécois. This is the Church Céline Dion and René Angélil chose for their wedding.
Raised to the rank of a minor Basilica in 1982, by Pope John Paul II, the Church’s religious, historical, and artistic importance makes it one of the jewels of Quebec’s heritage.
Running since March 2017, AURA, a Moment Factory production initiated by the Basilica, is a unique and luminous experience for spectators to rediscover the breathtaking interior and architectural wonders of the Basilica. Performances are six evenings a week, and this multimedia multi-award winner is a must-see.
One million visitors a year consider the Notre-Dame Basilica as the most notable and not-to-be-missed activity in Montréal. Daily masses and guided tours.
“Stunning architecture and beautiful sanctuary. Enjoyed several hours reflecting and exploring. An informative tour provided insight into the history of the city and the basilica.”