St Patrick’s Basilica

Church in Downtown

Built for Montréal’s booming Irish population in 1847, the interior of St Patrick’s Basilica contains huge columns from single pine trunks, an ornate baptismal font and nectar-colored stained-glass windows. The pope raised its status to basilica in 1989, in recognition of its importance to English-speaking Catholics in Montréal. It’s a sterling example of French Gothic style and, as you might expect, is classified a national monument.

The Irish-Canadian patriot Thomas D’Arcy McGee was buried here after his assassination in 1868; his pew (number 240) is marked with a small Canadian flag.