on April 1, 2002
Don't miss the Basilica Notre Dame. Designed by Irish architect James O'Donnell, the Basilica is simply breathtaking. The main body of the Basilica is bathed in blue light and 23 carat gold leaf stars which adorn the domed ceiling. The altar focuses on the apostels, the sacrifice of Jesus and the crowning of Mary. If you sit down in one of the pews you will notice that the seating is inclined so that the congregation can see/ hear the mass. At the end of each pew you can find detailed carvings of the apostles.
Situated at the back of the Basilica is an organ which is made up of 7,000 pipes and simply knocks your socks off when it can be heard.
Walking to the front of the Basilica you can find a doorway leading to the Sacred Heart Chapel (Chapelle du Sacre Coeur). This was added to the main Basilica in 1888 to 1891. Unfortunately the chapel was destroyed by a fire on December 7th 1978. It was reconstruted between 1979 and 1982.At the front of the chapel you can see a 32 piece bronze sculpture which was made in England depicting the four stages of life.
A tour of the Basilica can be taken in French and English and costs $2.00. It is informative and gives you a brief history. Souvenirs can be purchased from a gift shop next door(turn left as you leave the building).
Mass is held Monday to Friday 7.30am, 12.15 and 5pm. Saturday 5pm and Sunday 8am, 11am (choir and organ), 12.30 and 5pm.
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