It was after my short visit in Montreal that I realized I didn’t need to travel all the way to Europe to find an extensive and exquisite church.
Located in Old Montreal, the Notre Dame Bascillica faces the Place d’Armes Square. The exterior of the building has minimal colors- but don’t let this fool you.
Once I stepped inside, I was instantly dazzled by the marvelous structure of the establishment. My eyes wandered all over. There were many colors and religious figures. The ceiling, pillars, paintings, and statues were crafted in such fine detail. The ceiling was crystal blue and filled with golden stars. I stood in awe for quite a few minutes just observing the preciseness of the room.
You don’t need to be a believer to appreciate this place. Not very religious myself, I was overwhelmed by the holy aura that made me feel content and at ease. I loved every bit of the elegance and grace of the Bascilica. This is my second-favorite visited church- the Barcelona Cathedral being my first. Though the Cathedral in Barcelona has a different feel… a more dated and old fashioned ambiance, the Notre-Dame Basilica is a more modern beauty. Side note: Barcelona Cathedral was consecrated in 1339, and the Notre-Dame Bascilica was consecrated in 1829.
There were even confession rooms available for those who need it, haha. I believe pastors were assigned to each room because there was a name on each in the front. For those who give offering, there are big and small candles for the giver to light. Small candles are $1 Canadian dollar while the big ones are $5.
Location: 110 Rue Notre-Dame O, Montréal, QC H2Y 1T2, Canada
Cost: The entrance fee of the church was $5 for 18+. This is possibly the first time I was required to pay admission for a church visit… but it was so worth it. Age 7-17 is $4, and anyone younger is free.
More Info on main website: http://www.basiliquenotredame.ca/en/basilica/