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Notre Dame Basilica

385 Sussex Dr. | at Guigues Ave., Ottawa, Ontario K1N 5H5, Canada (Byward Market Area)
613-241-7496
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Ranked #5 of 145 Attractions in Ottawa
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Religious Sites
Description: This beautiful and ornate gothic-style cathedral is recognized by its twin spires.
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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

The Notre Dame Basilica is located directly across from the National Gallery of Art. From the outside it is attractive (with nice twin spires), but not overpowering. Inside the cathedral, the space surprisingly balances grandeur with warmth. You will be much more impressed with the inside than out. Somehow it seems bigger inside! The pipe organ, along with myriad of... More

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Kingston, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

My boyfriend and I stopped in here on our walk around the downtown as I had heard it was worth a stop in. We just went to pop our heads in the side door to see what the fuss was about. We ended up spending almost an hour just mesmerized by the detail and the beauty of the church. Definitely... More

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london uk
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

Nice impressive cathedral across the road from the main art gallery...they were doing road works outside which was a shame for taking pictures.

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Gaithersburg, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

It's a very old cathedral with the very complicated designs when they built it & improvements are going on.

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Victoria, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

It's like being in Europe! The stained glass windows depict scenes from the Bible. Again like the Parliament Buildings, the architecture & detail are out of this world. Males need to remember to remove their hats. Photos are allowed but not during Mass.

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Ridgefield Park, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

We loved visiting the Notre Dame Cathedral. It was so beautiful and had amazing architecture. The history is also so good to listen to. One of the highlights of our trip.

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Sault Ste. Marie, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

I loved this building from afar. You could feel the devotion of this well revered church. Just an eye opener

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

Breathtaking architecture. Its a relatively small building but you could spend an hour looking around, especially at the ceiling. Beautiful.

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Vancouver, B.C.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

We had the opportunity to visit this lovely Basilica on a recent first time visit to Ottawa. Of course, the blue starred ceiling is the highlight of this beautiful place of worship. I have been to many basilicas (here and in Europe) and I'm always so amazed at how truly unique they are from one another. I'm glad we had... More

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Toronto
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

It has been said that a civilisations tallest buildings reflect it's values.Today of course these would be banks and office towers.We worship money.There was a time when religious values and affiliations were paramount.This building is simply beautiful.It is designed and built to inspire a person to lift their thoughts above the commonplace ,the noise and business of everyday life and... More

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