It is a beautiful and majestic structure that has been standing since 1829, when it was built by architect James O’Donnell. The basilica stands out among the other buildings in Montreal with its Gothic Revival architecture and stunning interior design.
The Notre-Dame Basilica has become an integral part of Montreal’s history and culture over the years. Its construction began in 1824, after a fire destroyed much of Old Montreal, including the original church on this site which had stood since 1672. The new building was designed to be larger than its predecessor, and it took five years to complete before being consecrated by Bishop Ignace Bourget on December 8th, 1829.
Today, visitors can explore both inside and outside Notre Dame Basillica for free during regular opening hours or take part in guided tours for a fee which include access to certain areas not available during regular opening hours such as crypts beneath the sanctuary where you can find tombs from some prominent figures from Quebec’s past like Louis de Buade de Frontenac who served as governor of New France twice between 1672 and 1702. In addition to these historic elements there are also many works of art throughout Notre Dame Basillica such as sculptures depicting religious scenes along with stained glass windows that were made using techniques developed at Chartres Cathedral near Paris dating back hundreds of years ago.
One visit will make clear why Notre-Dame Basilica is considered one of Canada’s most important historical sites; it carries immense cultural significance for all Canadians regardless if they are Catholic or not. From its impressive architecture to its intricate details within each corner, the basilica truly captures what makes Montreal unique while still paying homage to our country’s rich heritage.