Discover the Notre-Dame Basilica
The Notre-Dame basilica of Montreal is the first church of the Gothic Revival style in Canada. Its history, noted by the Sulpician Fathers since its foundation, is intimately tied in to the history of the City of Montreal. It bears witness to its Catholic foundations and the ever-present connections between the arts and religion. Its architectural style marked a turning point in the religious tradition and was imitated by several parishes.
A place of prayer and celebration of Catholic worship, Notre-Dame basilica has always been the site for grand events that have highlighted the imagination of the Québécois.
Raised to the rank of a minor Basilica in 1982, by Pope John Paul II, it’s religious, historical and artistic importance makes it one of the jewels of Quebec’s heritage.
Here is the main outline of the history of the Notre-Dame basilica of Montreal, in three chapters.
Guided tour or not... It's your choice!
Indeed, you are also entitled to a guided tour of 20 minutes, every day, in French and English. Guided tours allow you to discover the main areas of the history of the Notre-Dame parish, its stages of construction, its art and its architecture. We have free copies of leaflets available in several languages for those who wish to explore the Basilica by themselves.
Schedule for guided tour:
Guided tours of 20 minutes are held regularly in French and English. The schedule varies according to the season, the days of the week and the special events. Contact us for more details. All the faithful attendees who wish to come and reflect are welcome during the Basilica’s working hours, except special ceremonies.
Note: The Basilica is regularly the scene for special events (weddings, funerals, etc.). Scheduled activities can be disrupted. The Basilica reserves the right to change the schedule of visits without prior notice.
You can also arrange a group activity! With friends, or family, or as a social activity, it makes for a beautiful outing! Group tours are available for 10 people or more. For reservations or further information, please contact us at 514 842-2925 ext. 259 or complete the form. Please allow 48 hours for confirmation.
The Grand Tour of the Notre-Dame Basilica
A guided tour for the even more curious folks!
A complete 60-minute tour that gives you access to very private areas of the Basilica, such as the 2nd balcony and a part of the crypt. Let us show you the history of the Basilica, with several of its anecdotes and the urban legends surrounding it.
By reservation, 25 places only per visit. 1 866 842-2925 ext. 259 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Schedule of the Grand Tour in English: From May 20 to October 25, English Monday to Friday at 1:30 pm
Rates: Adult: $15.00 I Child: $10.00
Want more fun? Add the Grand Tour and take a seat at the organ.
Allow a duration of about 2 hours.
Nerxt dates will be from June 5 to October 11, on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at 2:30 pm. No tour on June 13
Rates Grand tour and organ: Adult: $24.00 I Child: $16.00
Reservation suggested. Please fill that form or call us at 1 866 842-2925 ext. 259.
A luminous experience in the heart of the Basilica. Tickets
Light unveils the richness of the Notre-Dame Basilica’s heritage and invites us to celebrate its beauty. The experience begins with a path of lights, revealing the Basilica’s wealth of exquisite works. A progressive immersion into a sonically and visually captivating universe guides visitors to the heart of Notre-Dame. Then, light, orchestral music and grandiose architecture combine to create a unique, three-act multimedia spectacle. Allow yourself to be transported by AURA and discover an unexpected, stunning universe presented upon one of the most sublime canvases imaginable: the Notre-Dame Basilica.
The experience takes place in two parts: First, we invite you to explore the Basilica while discovering a series of multimedia installations that highlight the artwork beneath the building’s rood screens. Take this time to slow down and connect with the space. (Run time: approximately 20 minutes). Then, an announcement will invite you to make your way to the centre of the Basilica for the second, immersive portion of the experience. No matter where you sit, you’ll be able to enjoy this sensory experience to its fullest! (Run time: approximately 20 minutes)
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Admission fees, with or without a guided tour:
Age 18 and over: $8.00
Ages 7 to 17: $5.00
Age 6 and under: free