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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 144 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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12 reviews 12 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Beautiful Church with a lot of history. The interior is very nice, although different from what you might see in other Catholic Basilicas

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

the best little church anywhere in the land. Stunning. 10 minutes and you're happy you climbed the steps. Right across from the National Gallery. A no brainer if there ever was one.

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Sydney, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Very interesting and serene even with the crowds inside. The brasswork was amazing and the Basilica dome equally so. The only dislike which is not really a dislike is that once you have seen one Basilica you have seen them all, just variations in architecture.

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Heredia, Costa Rica
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

It is a good idea to grab a brochure at the entrance which tells you the history of almost each single altar and monument on its grounds. Too bad the floor is closed.

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Ottawa, Canada
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61 reviews 61 reviews
29 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

Amazingly ornate sculptures, stained glasswork, and paintings inside. The work is truly a testament to the religious devotion of the people who built this church. Inside there are numerous donation boxes for the poor and needy, and I saw several people praying in front of rows of candles. I think you will be impressed by the stone and masonry of... More

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Minneapolis, MN
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104 reviews 104 reviews
72 attraction reviews
107 helpful votes 107 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

On the outside, it looks like a simple, small church (though with tall bell towers), especially when compared to the huge spider statue across the street. But inside it as ornate as any grand cathedral in Europe. No camera or even the human eye has enough resolution to see all of the glorious gilded detail at once. You simply have... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

The church is wonderful if you simply need to take a load off and sit in the quiet (and cool). I happened to visit when the organist was playing, so that was a bonus. The church is open to the public and you can take pictures, etc. There is a donation box, so out of common courtesy, I put a... More

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Mumbai, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

I monument of Classic, a place of memories of your photos, a place of Art and Peace , palace where u can meditate, a place u will like to have,a place of history, a place of Philosophy.. a place u should visit

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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

An awesome place to see when the lights are on. Our visitors were impressed with interiors and less so when the priest asked all visitors to leave as mass was beginning.

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9 reviews 9 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014 via mobile

Loved this church. The most beautiful one I have ever seen. The guide was very good and had a great grasp of the history of this church. The amazing art work and stained windows are mind boggling. Truly a place I will never forget.

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