Notre Dame Basilica

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Notre Dame Basilica featuring a square or plaza, a city and heritage architecture

The incandescent blue and gold interior of Montreal’s spiritual heart dazzles visitors and pilgrims. It was once the largest house of worship in North America.

This neo-Gothic masterwork is one of the most popular locations in Montreal. Thousands enter Notre-Dame Basilica’s doors each day during the summer months. It is a Canadian national icon, hosting such high-profile events as Pope John Paul II’s 1984 visit and Celine Dion’s 1994 wedding.

The Roman Catholic church’s dual towers rise high above the low roofs of Old Montreal. In its time, the church was the largest house of worship of any religion in North America. While the basilica’s exterior is still competitive with those of the world’s great churches, it simply pales when compared to what lies inside.

Step inside Notre-Dame Basilica and prepare to be amazed; the structure features one of the most colorful and complex church interiors on the continent. Bask in the golden orange glow of the incredibly ornate altar. Raise your eyes to study the expansive vaulted ceiling, where gold stars recede into an ethereal blue.

Trace Montreal’s early history in the stained glass windows around the church. While most stained glass windows depict biblical scenes, those of Notre-Dame Basilica show scenes from the religious history of the Ville-Marie colony that became Montreal. Enter the light-filled Chapel of Notre-Dame du Sacré-Coeur and admire the contemporary linden-wood ceiling that replaced the fire-damaged original in 1982.

A 20-minute guided tour in English is included in the price of admission and is offered twice every hour. Pay an extra fee to take a 60-minute guided tour during the summer months. This includes the sacristy, the galleries and the baptistery. A huge pipe organ sits at the back of the church. Built in 1891 by the Canadian firm of Casavant et Frères, the organ is beautifully preserved. For a small fee in addition to the price of admission, watch from the balcony as the organist plays the antique instrument.

Notre-Dame Basilica rises from the middle of Old Montreal and is visible from several blocks away. It is close to both metro and bus stops. Parking can be difficult, but there is a pay parking garage nearby.

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Hotel Faubourg Montreal Downtown Hotel
Hotel Faubourg Montreal Downtown Hotel
3 out of 5
155 Rene Levesque Boulevard East, Montreal, QC
The price is CA $113 per night from Oct 11 to Oct 11
Located in Ville-Marie, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of University of Quebec - Montreal, Old Port of Montreal, and Montreal Convention Centre. McGill ...
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"The staff was very friendly. To our surprise, the hotel upgraded us to a suite from from a 1 bedroom reservation. Parking was easy to use and the hotel is centrally located. Would highly recommend for an affordable option in Montréal."

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InterContinental Montreal, an IHG Hotel
InterContinental Montreal, an IHG Hotel
4.5 out of 5
360 Saint Antoine Street Ouest, Montreal, QC
The price is CA $189 per night from Oct 8 to Oct 8
Located in Old Montreal, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Montreal Convention Centre and Old Port of Montreal. McGill University and Eaton Centre ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (979 reviews)
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InterContinental Montreal, an IHG Hotel
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Hotel Zero 1
3.5 out of 5
01 Rene-Levesque Blvd. Est, Montreal, QC
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The price is CA $150 per night from Sep 26 to Sep 26
Located in Ville-Marie, this boutique hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Monument National, Theater du Nouveau Monde, and Complexe Desjardins. Place des Arts ...
4.3/5Excellent! (941 reviews)
"We liked it’s location and that it didn’t have breakfast included. The room was looking over a small park, it was quaint, and was really clean / well kept. The hygiene products smelled good too. We didn’t have time to try the amenities. For parking, you can park on the streets of the hotel for 15mns. ..."

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Hotel Faubourg Montreal Downtown Hotel
Hotel Faubourg Montreal Downtown Hotel
3 out of 5
155 Rene Levesque Boulevard East, Montreal, QC
The price is CA $113 per night from Oct 11 to Oct 11
Hotel Faubourg Montreal Downtown Hotel
InterContinental Montreal, an IHG Hotel
InterContinental Montreal, an IHG Hotel
4.5 out of 5
360 Saint Antoine Street Ouest, Montreal, QC
The price is CA $189 per night from Oct 8 to Oct 8
InterContinental Montreal, an IHG Hotel
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Hotel Zero 1
3.5 out of 5
01 Rene-Levesque Blvd. Est, Montreal, QC
The price is CA $150 per night from Sep 26 to Sep 26
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Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth
Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth
4.5 out of 5
900 Boulevard Rene Levesque West, Montreal, QC
The price is CA $305 per night from Sep 24 to Sep 24
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Hotel Nelligan
Hotel Nelligan
4 out of 5
106 Saint-Paul Street West, Montreal, QC
The price is CA $359 per night from Sep 26 to Sep 26
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Hotel Birks Montreal
Hotel Birks Montreal
5 out of 5
1240 rue du Square Phillips, Montreal, QC
The price is CA $318 per night from Oct 6 to Oct 6
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Novotel Montreal Centre
Novotel Montreal Centre
3.5 out of 5
1180 rue de la Montagne, Montreal, QC
The price is CA $129 per night from Oct 10 to Oct 10
Novotel Montreal Centre
Hotel Monville
Hotel Monville
3.5 out of 5
1041, rue de Bleury, Montreal, QC
The price is CA $233 per night from Oct 4 to Oct 4
Hotel Monville
Travelodge Hotel by Wyndham Montreal Centre
Travelodge Hotel by Wyndham Montreal Centre
3 out of 5
50 René-Lévesque St. West, Montreal, QC
The price is CA $129 per night from Sep 26 to Sep 26
Travelodge Hotel by Wyndham Montreal Centre
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