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Notre Dame Basilica, Ottawa

4.7
#2 of 18 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. Use our Ottawa trip planner to add Notre Dame Basilica and other attractions to your Ottawa vacation plans.
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  • Beautiful Basilica, not so much on the outside (my taste) but certainly on the inside. Very photogenic and when you consult with church staff, you can, at quiet moments, even with a tripod inside. But how good the lens and camera also, it's almost not capture. A "must-see". During every visit to Ottawa I musts to go there. Too beautiful:-)
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  • This beautiful church is located in the face of the Canadian American Museum. A strong contrast to the modern architecture of the Museum of the United States. Gansu's atmosphere can be felt in the church.
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  • Neo-Gothic Church, which Is about a 15-minute Walk from Parliament Hill and has a view. The National Gallery of Canada. The silver shiny towers make you curious, so enter, you don't get disappointed.
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  • Beautiful church you must visit if you go to Montreal. I have been there many times and always had a good experience. Historic building.
  • So beautiful. No matter your faith, belief, or religion, this is a place to refresh your soul and contemplate.
  • The Basilica my Great Uncle the First Arch Bishop of Ottawa, built. He was a great and good man I'm told by everyone and every priest I meet. I go often to pray and to both English and French Mass.
  • It looked majestic from far. Sadly the place was closed for tourists when we went and we couldn't go back as we'd gone to Ottawa from Toronto just for the weekend.
  • Beautiful cathedral. Good size pay parking in the back.
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