We are well into the festive season and tomorrow we will once again be celebrating another Christmas. To mark the occasion, I decided to publish photos of beautiful Catholic basilicas that I visited during my trip to Montreal, Canada.
Montreal has been nicknamed the city of a hundred bell towers due the to the large number of beautiful churches. Wherever you look, you are likely to see a church steeple or dome. A number of these buildings, are world class in terms of architectural beauty and design. The following are just a few that are well worth visiting.
Notre Dame Basilica of Montreal
The Notre Dame Basilica that is well known to visitors to Montreal. It has a long history and has been built and demolished a number of times since the erection of the original small chapel in 1642. Construction of the Church as it stands today commenced in 1824 and was completed in 1829. In terms of architecture, the Church elders opted for a Gothic Revival style that was in vogue in England and the United States at that time.
However, what makes the Notre Dame Basilica an icon today is not the style or scale of the building but the magnificent interior. The sheer beauty is within its wall and the intricacy of its decoration. Sophisticated detail in the carvings, coupled with magnificent paintings and the magical blending of the principle colours of blue and gold are truly masterful. It is no wonder that international superstar Luciano Pavarotti performed his 1978 Christmas concert here or why Celine Dion choose it as the venue for her marriage ceremony. Notre Dame is rated by many as one of classic churches of the world and Montreal’s top tourist attraction.
Architecture – Notre Dame Basilica
Notre Dame Basilicas Intricate Carvings
The Interior of Notre Dame Basilica
Saint Joseph’s Oratory of Mount Royal
The stately Saint Joseph’s Oratory of Mount Royal is one of the World’s great Catholic churches. Its visual attraction differs from the Notre Dame Basilica in that it is not the interior that draws hordes of visitors. Instead, it is the imposing size and position on top of Mount Royal. For me, of all the churches in Montreal, it is by far the most impressive structurally.
Saint Joseph’s Oratory – Interior
Saint Joseph’s Oratory – Architecture
Basilicas of Montreal – Mary, Queen of the World Cathedral
The Mary, Queen of the World Cathedral is often missed by visitors to Montreal who opt instead for the more popular Notre Dame and St Joseph’s basilicas. It is modelled after the famous St. Peter’s in Rome and is the seat of the Roman Catholic archdiocese of Montreal.