Montreal - Notre Dame Basilica - Italian Masters, Giotto, Canova and Bernini


By Ilona Kauremszky

Q: In the new year, we'll be heading to Montreal for a late spring visit. Besides shopping, which my daughter who is a teenager, can hardly wait for, I would like to take her to some of the landmarks like the Notre Dame Basilica. Is this open all year?

A: Not only is the historic Notre Dame Basilica open all year, but you are in for a real treat. Starting June 4, 2005 the Notre Dame Basilica will be showcasing a special exhibition straight from the Vatican. Entitled, "Saint Peter and the Vatican: The Legacy of the Popes," the display will include 300 historic objects and rare works of art from the Italian Masters, Giotto, Canova and Bernini.

Highlights of the exhibition include drawings by Michelangelo including his figure studies used for the Sistine Chapel ceiling, Bernini's breathtaking sculpture of Charity with Four Putti. Up close, you can see the Bernini's thumbprint he left in the clay. Giotto's mosaic Bust of an Angel and the papal tiara of Pope Pius IX are also part of the rare collection.

Since this location will be the only Canadian stop, it'll be well worth the trip. Notre Dame Basilica is open daily 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Sundays 12:30 - 4:30 pm.

It is located in old Montreal at 110 Notre-Dame Street West. For other inquiries, you can reach Notre Dame at toll-free 1 866 842-2925.

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