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Notre-Dame Basilica, Montreal

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See the jewel of Canada's religious heritage at Notre-Dame Basilica, one of the world's most dramatic examples of Gothic Revival architecture. The majestic church boasts hundreds of intricately carved wooden statues in a grand interior that holds up to 4,000 worshippers--all under a blue ceiling speckled with gold stars. Instead of depicting religious scenes, the stained glass windows narrate the history of Montreal and offer a glimpse into the city's development over the centuries. The church regularly hosts musical events, with the main concert taking place at Christmas, when thousands attend the performance of Handel's "Messiah." With our international travel planner, Montreal attractions like Notre-Dame Basilica can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • Worth the admission? I think so. Built in 1829 - the same year that George Stephenson kicked off the innovation that is the railway system, this place was decades ahead of its time. It’s magical... 
    Worth the admission? I think so. Built in 1829 - the same year that George Stephenson kicked off the innovation that is the railway system, this place was decades ahead of its time. It’s magical...  more »
  • Very old art, architecture & history, not very religious but very impressive & a must see. 1/2 hour tops but definitely recommend 
    Very old art, architecture & history, not very religious but very impressive & a must see. 1/2 hour tops but definitely recommend  more »
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  • The Aura show was awesome and impressive. Although as Christian was too disappointed to see that there was no one highlight on Christ or the cross during the show. It could have been a way better show if it demonstrated a story or history of the church with some christian psalms or songs. The projector idea has so much flexibility to show images on the ceiling and the icons, at least show the name of the icon or character when highlighted with the same impressive music. So Please consider changing the Aura show design to include Christ. There was so much effort put into it but the end result defeated the purpose. My suggestion is to Watch the Disney world show and get some ideas. It demonstrated the history of Disney movies in the castle using the same techniques but used images to tell a story and also songs related to each movie and that what made it so unique. The note dame Basilica & Jesus Christ deserve better presentation :)
  • We went to this attraction on May 14. I had seen pictures and a description but they did not do the experience justice. The music and light show were stunning. The show is short at 25 minutes but is really worth the price. We were 15 minutes early and had a hard time finding good seats although we were able to in the end. I suggest arriving 1/2 hour before. As well, the sides and back have lower ceiling with balconies above. The best experience is to be in the centre with the high vaulted ceiling. The benches are hard and it is worth if you can to bring a small chair cushion as you may spend a lot of that time looking up and your tailbone could get a little sore. I won't describe the show specifically too much but it is awesome light, colour and sound. If you saw the Robin Williams movie What dreams may come, it is like being in that beautiful scene where it is like being inside a painting.

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