Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Sat, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sun, 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Opening hours are subject to change without prior notice.
- Partial access for persons with disabilities
- Family Activity
- Child admission: $9
- Student admission: $13
- Adult admission: $15
- Senior admission: $15
- Cooperatives and non-profit organizations
Growing from a humble stone church in the 17th century to a minor basilica erected to welcome some 8,000 parishioners, Notre-Dame Basilica of Montréal stands as a majestic testament to the importance of religion and art throughout the city’s history. A jewel of Québec’s religious heritage, it is a masterpiece of Gothic Revival architecture.
Built between 1824 and 1829, this site of national historic significance features dual towers reminiscent of Notre-Dame-de-Paris. The West Tower houses the famous 10,900-kg Jean-Baptiste bell, while the East Tower rings with a carillon of ten bells. Three large statues – Saint-Joseph, the Virgin Mary and Saint-Jean-Baptiste – keep vigil over the entrance to this religious sanctuary that welcomes millions of visitors each year.
The basilica’s interior is a sight to behold, with its blue colours, shimmering gold-leaf ornamentation, intricate woodwork, religious paintings and colourful stained-glass windows depicting over 350 years of parish history designed by Québec artist, Jean-Baptiste Lagacé. Under the direction of Montréal architect Victor Bourgeau, the interior decoration was completed in 1880. Featuring a 7,000-pipe Casavant organ, its remarkable acoustics are only matched by the beauty of the surroundings.
To learn more about the Basilica, take part in self-guided tours where you will be invited to explore 24 points of interest, each highlighting works of art, architectural elements and much more. After your tour, stay for AURA, an immersive light and sound show experience.
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