Although I stayed in Montreal for 2 months straight, I managed to check out their night life weekly but I literally never checked out their tourist hot spots until the second last week! Most of my important exams were out of the way from my work training by then, my boyfriend came by to visit that weekend and took my girlfriends and I to Downtown Montreal!! First stop was the famous basilica!
110 Notre-Dame Street West
Montréal (Québec) H2Y 1T2
This is the outside of the Notre-Dame Basilica! I can't believe I forgot to take a photo with the outside!
I took this when my boyfriend was driving by.
There are guided tours on the hour and half hour so we decided to walk around to wait for the next tour. (will blog about that in another blog post) Admission is $5 a person. It was a really hot humid day and there's no air conditioning inside.. I was melting!!
Walking in down the middle is phenomenon! It's beautiful!!
I sat through the guided tour, however I kept being distracted... I was taking photos and videos of random things. I truly hardly remember a thing so I'll pull some facts from their website! LOL
The first wooden chapel inside the palisade at Pointe-à-Callière was founded in 1642 in the then village was known as Ville-Marie. Today, the site is Montreal’s major archaeological museum. Over the years, architects built is bigger to accommodate growing needs of the church and many changes were done to the interiors by many inspirations and influences of Paris and it's original design.
Pope John Paul II celebrated a Mass for children at the Basilica on September 11, 1984
Céline Dion and René Angélil were married at Notre-Dame Basilica on December 18, 1994
The Basilica's Stained Glass Windows
The stained glass windows makes resemblances of the religious and social life of the early Ville-Marie settlement. They were executed at the workshops of Francis Chigot at Limoges, France and were ordered to creation to mark Notre-Dame’s centenary celebrations in 1929.
The Great Casavant Organ
In 1891, the great organ was built which towers over the choir loft. The vast instrument has undergone several restorations since then. Currently, there are 7,000 pipes!!! The largest pipe measures 10 metres (32 feet) and the smallest, 6 millimetres (1/4 inch).
My girlfriends Debbie, Jacqueline and I! (photo from my instagram)
I also posted another picture on my instagram and tons of you commented on your past visits here!!
I'm so glad I finally visited and didn't miss out!
So happy my boyfriend was able to visit and spend some time with me :)
Since we both work now, it's much harder to plan vacations together like we used to before!
small getaway in montreal *hearts*
Right outside the basilica is the Place D’Armes Square.
I kept seeing carriages everywhere and this was the prettiest one! :) PINK!!!
That's it for now, will blog about other things in Montreal soon!! :)