We recently visited Montreal’s Notre Dame Basilica. This Notre Dame, inaugurated in 1829, is Canada’s first Gothic Revival style church to be built. The basilica also happened to be where Céline Dion and René Angélil got married in 1994.
Its vast size sits in Old Montreal. Gray and dull on the outside, it’s quite contrary inside with magnificent blue and gold and stained glass windows. The interior and craftsmanship, with gilded leaves in its columns and vaulting, is reminiscent of Sainte-Chappelle in Paris.
And with all cathedrals, an impressive organ is to be found.
Inside its commodious space, the place felt zen and calm. And in its beautiful wake, tourists snapped photos of the architecture and prayers provided offerings and knelt behind blue and red votives, lost in their thoughts with God.
Just like all other Notre Dames we’ve visited in the past, this one also impresses. It was definitely a pleasant visit to observe the basilica’s beauty.