Montreal: Notre Dame Basilica

I failed to create a blog page to write about my day-to-day adventures for my exchange like what Anhang did when he came to HKUST. Buy anyway, for the following posts I wish to write about some highlights of the places/restaurants/events that I’ve been to.

For some reason, Notre Dame Basilica became my first stop in Montreal. I guess it was because I lived super close to Chinatown. On the second day of my arrival, I decided to take a random stroll with Oscar and Queenie and we ended up in front of this grant cathedral.

Wikipedia briefs us on its history:

In 1657, the Roman CatholicSulpician Order arrived in Ville-Marie, now known as Montreal; six years later the seigneury of the island was vested in them. They ruled until 1840. The parish they founded was dedicated to the Holy Name of Mary, and the parish church of Notre-Dame was built on the site in 1672.

François Baillairgé, an architect, designed the interior decoration and choir 1785-95; facade & vault decoration, 1818.

The church served as the first cathedral of the Diocese of Montreal from 1821 to 1822.

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Tips: join the guided free tour, they do it in both English and French, it helps if you want to understand the history of this brilliant cathedral.

Travelers’ tips:

Admission: 5$ for adults, 4$ for age 7-14, and free for under 6.

Guided tour schedule: Two tours of the Basilica normally take place every hour, on the hour and half hour.

Monday through Friday: 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM (Last tour of the day)
Saturday: 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM
Sunday: 13:00 to 3:30 PM


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