Heritage

Notre-Dame Basilica is a significant part of the Catholic religious heritage of Montreal.

The Basilica’s vast size, executed in the Gothic Revival style, the extraordinary craftsmanship and artistic polish of its fittings, its many fine works of religious art, and the interior of its chapel inspired by the Sainte-Chapelle in Paris, are heritage features whose preservation and enhancement demand the greatest possible attention and care.

Archaeological treasures

Visitors interested in the arts of the past will be amazed with the church’s impressive crypt, where they can study its origins. The present-day Basilica, which was inaugurated in 1829, was built on a plan set back slightly from the placement of the original church, which stood on the plot of ground covered today by Notre-Dame Street. As a result, many archaeological treasures of major ethnographic value still exist in the area around the Basilica and underneath its front square.

A team of specialists

Our staff of heritage specialists has the job of caring for these important historic treasures. During periods of major restoration work, however, the Notre-Dame team also relies on the expertise of distinguished outside professionals.

A legacy to preserve and cherish

In order to share the knowledge we have gained and continue to acquire about our heritage, various means of communications have been set up. Examples are our guided tours and the publication Mémoire et histoire (“Memory and History”), a boxed set of monographs (available in May 2008).

Make a donation

The Fabrique de la paroisse Notre-Dame de Montréal is supported by an internal volunteer organization whose members oversee the preservation and enhancement of the Basilica’s major architectural, artistic, historical and religious legacy. All donations are welcome. You can send your donation by mail to : Fabrique de la paroisse Notre-Dame de Montréal
424, rue Saint-Sulpice
Montréal (Québec) H2Y 2V5

Or make your donation in person the next time you visit the Basilica. Official tax receipts are issued for all donations received.

Contact us

For additional information on donations, please feel free to contact Francine McDuff by phone at 514-735-1361 or email don@cimetierenddn.org. Donations can be made by cheque or credit card, or in cash. Please do not send cash by mail. Thank you for your contribution !

“We are the guardians of the past and active participants in the present for the sake of future generations.”