Montréal Cathedrals, Canada

Notre-Dame Basilica

A masterpiece of Gothic Revival architecture, Notre-Dame Basilica was built between 1824 and 1829. The magnificent interior in wood and the boldly modern design of the Notre-Dame-du-Sacré-Coeur Chapel, captivate hundreds of thousands of visitors each year. Paintings, sculptures and stained-glass windows illustrate biblical passages as well as 350 years of parish history.

Saint Joseph's Oratory

It is one of the world's most visited centers of pilgrimage. The basilica's huge dome reaches 97 meters and is second only in height to Saint Peter's Basilica in Rome. Saint Brother André, a humble doorkeeper, inspired its construction in 1904. Dedicated to Saint Joseph, the shrine includes among other things, the small original chapel, a votive chapel, a crypt church, the Basilica and the gardens. Its magnificent organs and its carillon composed of 56 bells give audible testament to the world's great composers. The Museum of Saint Joseph's Oratory is well-known for its multicultural collection of some 200 nativity scenes on permanent exhibition. Through temporary exhibitions, the Museum invites you to explore a rich and rare collection of items representing the religious and artistic heritage of Québec and elsewhere.

Mary Queen of The World Cathedral

The Catholic Mary Queen of the World Cathedral, east of Place du Canada, was built in 1894 as a smaller version of St. Peter's in Rome. The massive statues represent the patron saints of the Archbishopric of Montréal in the 19th century. A series of paintings by Georges Delfosse retell Montréal's tumultuous history. The mortuary chapel is the final resting place of the city's bishops.