As impressive as the exterior is, this twin-towered façade dating back to 1829 does nothing to prepare you for the sights awaiting inside the Notre-Dame Basilica in Old Montreal. Once you step inside you are greeted by a stunning yet calming sea of blue that stretches from floor to wondrous vaulted ceiling.
As magnificent as are the great churches of Europe, Montreal’s Notre-Dame rates right along with them. Over the course of this week we’ll be taking an in-depth look at the beauty of this incredible structure, culminating in some of my favorite shots of it during this week’s Fun Photo Friday.
Not only will we look at the whole, we’ll also concentrate on the subtle details that make Notre-Dame Basilica one of the world’s truly outstanding examples of church architecture, such as this statuary of Saint Mark, Saint John, and Saint Peter:
As well as the stunning stained glass commissioned in 1929, designed by Quebec’s own Jean-Baptiste Lagacé, and assembled in Limoges, France, by Francis Chigot:
The Great Casavant Organ boasts 7,000 pipes ranging in length from ¼-inch to almost 33 feet (six millimeters to ten meters).
We’ll continue our tour on Wednesday. Until this, click on any of the images below to bring up today’s slide show: