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“As beautiful as Paris!”

Notre-Dame Basilica
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Ranked #1 of 393 things to do in Montreal
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Montreal's oldest Catholic church, built in 1656, is known for its intricately designed interior, which includes stained glass chronicling the history of the city.
Beverly, Massachusetts
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“As beautiful as Paris!”
Reviewed 2 March 2012

Absolutely beautiful! Clean restrooms on the lower level. Picture taking allowed - a real plus.

Visited February 2012
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Boston, Massachusetts
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“Breathtaking”
Reviewed 2 March 2012

Such a beautiful place. Loved walking by at night and visiting during the day. A Montreal must!

Visited January 2012
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calgary
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“A beautiful piece of French-Canadian history & simply gorgeous basilica.”
Reviewed 2 March 2012

We visited Notre-Dame in Paris just over a year ago - and Montreal's Notre-Dame is perhaps a little smaller, but prettier in many ways. Warmer, possibly b/c of the wood versus more stone construction in Paris, the Montreal basilica is brighter, a little more colourful and beautifully constructed. My thoughts on Europe (as a Canadian) was that it was so amazing to see such an abundance of history and architecture, especially when it is so stunning. Old Montreal has that flavour and Notre-Dame in Montreal is well worth the stop to see it. When we were there the organist was practicing a few pieces - and the sound was pretty amazing. The Chapel Sacre-Coeur is quite striking in its own right - a modern piece that is a significant contribution to Canadian architecture and art. I suppose that is the point really, you don't necessarily have to be religious to appreciate these sites - they are quite remarkable as pieces of art and architecture. The only thing I missed that was my favourite part of Notre-Dame Paris was at one point in our visit the visiting crowd got a little too loud (apparently) and all of a sudden there was a big "SSSSSHHHHHHH, silence (in french)" in a very deep male voice over a loudspeaker system throughout the church. Made you think God was chastizing you!

Well worth the visit just to support the upkeep of such a valuable historic resource.

Visited February 2012
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Cambridge, Ontario
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“Amazing sights”
Reviewed 28 February 2012

Take the tour, you gain so much more in learning some of the history.

Visited February 2012
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Laval, Canada
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“the heaven place”
Reviewed 28 February 2012

its like you enter in heaven` we fell like we are in another planet
all around is full with beautiful work glasse

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