Notre-Dame Basilica

One of the most popular tourist sites in Montreal is La Basilique Notre-Dame. It is located in Vieux Montreal. We headed straight there on our first morning in the city. We had to wait for a few minutes in line to get in, but I noticed that later in the day, the line had gotten much, much longer. So I definitely recommend heading there in the morning to minimize your wait.

The church’s construction began in 1672, in the earliest days of Montreal. In the early 1800’s, the old church was torn down and construction began on the current basilica. It is a beautiful church, rich in historical significance.

The elaborate altar pictured above is gorgeous. The pulpit, pictured below, is also quite ornate and beautiful.

The stained glass windows tell the story of the early days of Montreal, which makes them quite unique and fascinating.

There were many places throughout the church to light candles for prayer intentions.

This was the first of many Catholic churches I visited in Montreal. My husband and daughter are not quite as interested as I am, so I went to several of them on my own. I love visiting beautiful churches and seeing the different ways artists and architects have chosen to honor God.

This is My commandment, that you love one another, just as I have loved you. ~John 15:12

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