Notre-Dame Basilica

Top 1% of attractions in Montreal
8 / 10

6 expert reviews

“As visitors enter, eyes are drawn to the ensemble of white oak statues, part of the imposing reredos that stands out against the background's soft blue hues.”

– Michelin Guide

Lonely Planet Lonely Planet
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"Montréal's famous landmark, Notre-Dame Basilica, is a visually pleasing if slightly gaudy symphony of carved wood, paintings, gilded sculptures and stained-glass windows." Full review
Afar Magazine Afar Magazine
"This is definitely the mother of all cathedrals in Montreal. It is so ornate and peaceful inside, you can’t help but be awed by its beauty. " Full review
Atlas Obscura Atlas Obscura
"A grand Gothic Revival basilica with stained glass depictions of Montreal's religious history has only one soul resting in its crypt. " Full review
Condé Nast Traveler Condé Nast Traveler
"The church features two soaring towers and stands as a dramatic example of the Gothic Revival style. Its grand interior is filled with hundreds of intricate wooden carvings and religious statues." Full review
U.S. News & World Report U.S. News & World Report
"It is said that when architect James O'Donnell designed the Notre-Dame Basilica in 1824, he was so moved by the outcome that he himself converted to Catholicism." Full review