“Were I to reopen my research into Notre-Dame today, I would instigate its position as a monument in the context of Romanticism, particularly as one of three giant romantic fantasies that were set before the public in three consecutive years : O’Donnell’s Notre-Dame in 1829, Hector Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique in 1830, and Victor Hugo’s Notre-Dame de Paris in 1831’’.
- Franklin Toker -
The Church of Notre-Dame in Montréal : An Architectural history, the 2nd Edition, Montréal, McGill-Queens University Press, p. xx, 1991.
Raised to the rank of minor basilica
On April 21,1982, the church of Notre-Dame of Montréal was raised to the rank of a minor basilica by a papal brief issued by Pope John-Paul II, a gesture intended recognize the religious, historic and artistic significance of the building, one of the most splendid gems in the heritage of Quebec.
Endowed with a rich history, Notre-Dame was designated in 1989 as a site of national historical significance by the Historical Sites and Monuments Board of Canada. In the heart of historic Old Montréal, it is one of the city's most remarkable landmarks.
Excellent acoustics make Notre-Dame a cultural center for music lovers who come to enjoy organ or choir concerts, as well as the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, which performs there regularly.
Each year, Notre-Dame welcomes hundreds of thousands of visitors from all over the world. Guests find peace, harmony and serenity there, as well as an opportunity to learn about Quebec's religious history.