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Montreal’s Notre-Dame Basilica

Juergen Horn and Mike Powell spent the winter in Curaçao, and have moved on to Montreal, Quebec, for the next 91 Days. They thought it was spring, but were greeted by snow and subzero temperatures! But there’s a lot to see in Montreal. One of the first places they visited was the beautiful Notre-Dame Basilica.

With its two Gothic towers and ornate facade, the Notre-Dame strikes a fine figure when viewed from the Place d’Armes, which it faces. But it isn’t until you step inside that its true beauty is revealed. Bathed in blue and gold, with vaulted ceilings, colorful stained glass, intricate pine carvings and a massive altarpiece, there’s not a corner of the Notre-Dame which fails to impress.

The basilica’s stained glass windows provide a unique touch. Unusually for a church, these don’t depict religious scenes, but moments from the founding of Montreal. Instead of Jesus on the crucifix or the assumption of Mary, we see events like the arrival of the French at the Pointe-à-Callière, the construction of the church, and the re-education of the natives.

See more gorgeous pictures and a video at Montreal For 91 Days.

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