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June 07, 2009 14:30 ET

Government of Canada Recognizes the National Historic Significance of the Notre-Dame Basilica

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - June 7, 2009) - On behalf of the Honourable Jim Prentice, Canada's Environment Minister and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, the Honourable Pierre Claude Nolin, Senator, today unveiled a plaque commemorating the national historic significance of the Notre-Dame Basilica.

"I am proud to take part in the commemoration of Notre-Dame Basilica, which has reigned majestically over the Montreal cityscape since 1829. I am honoured to highlight its national historic significance as we celebrate its 180th anniversary," said Senator Nolin.

This imposing basilica, constructed from 1824 to 1829 and completed in the early 1840s, was the first significant example of the Gothic Revival style in Canada and was built as a parish church to designs by Irish American architect James O'Donnell. The use of the Gothic Revival for such an important building heralded the prominence the style would have in Canadian architecture.

"A veritable religious art gallery, Notre-Dame Basilica has played a major role in Montreal's history. Its designation as a National Historic Site of Canada underscores its importance in our heritage and pays tribute to talented artists and artisans, both past and present," concluded Minister Prentice.

The Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada, established in 1919, advises the Minister of the Environment on issues relating to sites, people, and events of national historic importance. The presentation of a commemorative plaque represents official recognition of their value for Canadians.

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