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Notre Dame Basilica, Ottawa

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Religious Site Tourist Spot
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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  • We happened to come to the Basilica just as a lunchtime mass started. While those there were present for prayer, we were able to sit in the quiet and beautiful surrounds for the service. The ceiling i...  more »
  • Take a picnic and have a bite across from the Basilica. Lovely place to chill and what a view. The Notre Dame Basilica is simply beautiful!  more »
  • The interior is magnificent. I could not help take lots of pictures of the stained glass windows and the altars. When there is service being held, walking around is not allowed  more »
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  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • A wonderful church building. The exterior is amazing but the interior is simply beautiful