The symbolic color of the Virgin Mary is blue. Just look at the thousands of paintings around Europe and that should become obvious. And the Basilica of Notre Dame in Montreal, (Notre Dame means Our Lady, for those of you who are French-deficient,) is a riot of the royal holy blue. The Basilica of Notre Dame is particularly blue, as a matter of fact, because the ceiling is a blue firmament speckled with gold stars. Heaven.
As you loyal followers of our travels will certainly know, I'm probably even more drawn to churches than I am to spectacular nature. I'm not particularly religious in the traditional sense. But I am always in awe of the result of the artists' inspiration that leads to such human inspired devotion.
I'm much more inclined to admire, and be in awe of, the achievements of man. I guess it's because I could reasonably aspire to create such art myself. Well, maybe not reasonably.
Like I said, just be in awe. And thank men such as James O'Donnell, Victor Bourgeau, and John Redpath, who designed and decorated this masterpiece of the new Gothic style.
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6 thoughts on “Basilica of Notre Dame, Montreal, Canada”
What amazing photos!! Awesome post!
Thanks so much, Sarah.
These photos made me catch my breath in awe! Gorgeous!
Thanks, Lillie. It’s a stunning building. I first saw it in 1997 and this trip to Montreal I was in a rush to get back to it. One of the very best we’ve seen.
I first visited in 1975- before the fire out back. I can never can describe the first 30 feet I took when I entered the main entrance. I stood there with my jaw on the floor. It was unfortunate I had no camera capable of low light exposure. Maybe some day I’ll go back to revisit. Quite the sight. I wonder if Europe can at least equal the beauty?
It is indeed a stunning work of art that does rival anything I’ve seen in Europe. Both elegant and understated.