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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. Use our Ottawa trip planner to add Notre Dame Basilica and other attractions to your Ottawa vacation plans.
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  • Place to see when you are in Ottawa. Very nice inside and gorgeous outside especially with night lights.  more »
  • This is such a beautiful Church, the type that you would see in England or France. We HIGHLY RECOMMEND that you go to one of the MASSES so you can really enjoy the sound of the ORGAN and the sound of ...  more »
  • The art and architecture are wonderful. While Montreal's Notre Dame is stunning on the inside, the Ottawa basilica is lovely. I really enjoyed the noon peel of the church bells.  more »
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  • The architecture of this church stands as a representative of its era, prolific and majestic. The large and spacious interior is decorated with artifacts and the use of light. Very impressive...a must see
  • Beautiful church, definately a tourist attraction. Even mass is done well. Stellar interior and exterior. It was pretty cool when LA MACHINE was in town and they had a mechanical spider hang down the side of it.
  • The choir and organ player transport you to another world. Our favourite Christmas mass in the city, we’re blessed to have such an amazing place cathedral with so much history.
  • One of the most beautiful and reverent churches in Ottawa. A stepping into this church seems to imbue you with the presence of God, and wash you with comfort instantly.
  • What a beautiful church. I was impressed with all the saints and main characters of the bible being part of the altar. Exquisite details. High quality art from top to bottom.

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