Notre Dame Basilica is one of the stunning churches in Quebec. Pope John Paul II in 1982 declared Notre Dame Basilica as the minor basilica. It was a church prior and was a serene place of worship dedicated n 1682. By the year 1824, the original church was no more into existence. It was not even able to embrace the increasing numbers. That is the reason, new construction started to begin on the twin tower Gothic exterior. However, James O’Donnell created this design. He was the protestant Irish American.
In 1830, the church area opened and then Basilica’s two signature towers got erected by 1843. By that time, it was the largest church in the areas of North America. Talking about its interior, it had a different scenario. A generation would not be enough to understand the artistry as well as minute detailing related to the Basilica structure. Though, modifications and additions have been a part of the construction.
Some Visitor Information
Notre Dame is Montreal’s one of the biggest popular attractions. It is an imposing sight of the architecture having a unique interior. This has made it a very special monument. The timings of the place consist of prayer timing. The place is open for prayer at 7.30 am every day while the Church is open for the visitors from Monday to Friday. The timing is 8 am to 4.30 pm and has some specific timings on Saturdays and Sundays.
So, the architecture is just within a walking distance from the closest station Metro Place d’Armes. Talking about the time required to take the tour then it depends on whether you are attending the Mass or not. Seeing the entire building along with the chapel will take around half an hour to one and a half hours of time. However, there is some fixed schedule but that is without the notice to arrange weddings, funerals or as such other activities at the place.
Usually, the Mass is organized every single day from Monday to Friday. This too has some fix timings like 7.30 am and 12.15 pm. Then on Saturdays, it is at 5 pm and on Sundays, it is at 8 am, 9.30 am and 5 pm. One should note that the schedules change without notice.
The regular entrance fees range up to $5 and are free for the kids under 6 years of age. However, a 20-minute guided tour is included in the fees that will help you understand every little aspect of the architecture. Also, for prayer, Mass, Confession, and meditation purposes, the entrance fee is waived off completely. This is a sign of sincerity towards the admission process.