Located in the heart of Old Québec, the Basilica-Cathedral Notre-Dame de Québec welcomes many visitors year round. Following François de Laval’s appointment as the first bishop of Québec, Notre-Dame de Québec gradually rose to the rank of metropolitan church in 1844, minor basilica in 1874, and primate church in 1956.
National Historical site in 1989, the basilica-cathedral is now Historical Monument of Québec and Canada and stands in the Historic District of Old Québec, part of the World Heritage List of UNESCO.
Notre-Dame de Québec stands out as the first cathedral, the cradle of French civilization and the Catholic faith to be founded north of Mexico. It is the ancestor of all the Catholic parishes that have spread across Canada and the United States.
Notre-Dame de Québec was a key player in the development of Québec, Canada, and North America. It has become one of the pillars that has kept French alive in North America, and has been an active witness to all the cultural changes that have shaped our society during the development of our nation.
The history of Notre-Dame de Québec is an outstanding testament to perseverance, determination and faith of our pioneers.