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Notre Dame Basilica, Ottawa

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#2 of 13 in Historic Sites in Ottawa
Step into the intricately designed Notre Dame Basilica, the oldest and largest church in Canada's capital city. At first glance the exterior may seem somewhat ordinary, with the exception of the reflective tin steeples visible from around the city. However, as you enter the church you're met with striking royal gold and blue features, such as the grand vaulted roof, a high altar, stained-glass windows, and a pipe organ boasting more than 1,000 pipes. Plan your Notre Dame Basilica visit and explore what else you can see and do in Ottawa using our Ottawa trip itinerary builder.
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  • August 16, 2017
    Beautiful inside and out. The entrance to the opposite of that of Montreal is free. Worth a short visit but is not comparable to the Parisian sister, hence its name.
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  • August 14, 2017
    That place. Majestic Basilica is truly magnificent that worth a stop for anyone visiting Ottawa. Don't forget to enter and photograph the rose window from inside
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  • August 13, 2017
    The building is located very close to downtown Ottawa and presents the unique interior decorations, recommended step
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  • April 30, 2017
    Just came to check out the ceiling and stained-glass windows, and didn't actually go to a church service. Wasn't ddisappointed though! It was also nice and cool on a hot afternoon, which I appreciated. Worth checking out if you're walking past!
  • June 9, 2017
    Wonderful historic site, exquisite interior, and still fully active church. Highly recommend a visit to all who love Gothic architecture as well as those of the faith.
  • May 1, 2017
    It is a beautiful church. The architecture reminds me of the churches in Europe. It's within walking distance from the other attractions. Worth a visit, while in Ottawa.
  • May 1, 2017
    It is a beautiful church. The architecture reminds me of the churches in Europe. It's within walking distance from the other attractions. Worth a visit, while in Ottawa.
  • June 18, 2017
    A wonderful church building. The exterior is amazing but the interior is simply beautiful

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