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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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  • Across the road from the National Gallery of Canada so do at the same time. If visiting churches is something you enjoy, then this Bascilica is worth the visit.  more »
  • This church is situated in the Centre of Ottawa's impossible not to see it although not as our churches but has a lovely outside and inside to admire. Admission is free and it is definitely worth a visit.
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  • Came on Saturday but can’t enter due to a private wedding function. Had to comeback next day for my own accomplishment for all 4 Notre Dame across Montreal, Quebec, Paris and Ottawa. As expected, inte...  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

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