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Notre Dame Basilica

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Address: 385 Sussex Dr. | at Guigues Ave., Ottawa, Ontario K1N 5H5, Canada
Phone Number: 613-241-7496
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Sun 8:00 am - 8:30 pm
Mon 11:30 am - 6:00 pm
Tue - Sat 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Description: This beautiful and ornate gothic-style cathedral is recognized by its twin...
This beautiful and ornate gothic-style cathedral is recognized by its twin spires.
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Awe inspiring

Don't let the exterior fool you, the architecture inside is trully stunning! If you have the opportunity, seek out a guide and take the time to learn about the construction.

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 17, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

Don't let the exterior fool you, the architecture inside is trully stunning! If you have the opportunity, seek out a guide and take the time to learn about the construction.

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Mississauga, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

While the basilica's exterior is elegant and somewhat understated, wonderful architectural treasures inside should not be missed! I was surprised by the amount of detail in the design elements and iconography, but even more impressed by how colourful it is. Natural light coming in through the high windows accentuate the sparkly deep blue ceiling, making the sanctuary really pop. If... More 

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Kingston, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

I won't say much and spoil the show but truly, do it. A breif history of the area and then a beautiful surprise that would take anyone's breath away. One of my highlights of Montreal.

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Mississauga, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

It was lovely, but unfortunately, you can't get close enough to see the statues, etc. behind the altar.

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Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

Coming from Montreal, where we have Saint Josephs Oratory, I was in absolute AWE of this Church.. It was gorgeous, the stained glass windows were breath taking

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Edmonton, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

You cannot help but be in awe here at Notre Dame. My family and I always go to church when we go on vacation and this church is one of the most beautiful in Canada. The bells in the church tower practically summon You to mass. Definitely. A must see for every Catholic and non -catholic alike.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

I didn't go to the mass, but my husband and I checked out the inside of this place. The detail is amazing and the ceiling is painted a gorgeous blue with hundreds of little golden stars!!! That alone is worth a visit here!

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Ottawa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

This is one of my favourite sites in Ottawa, often a 'hidden gem'. Many people pass by the outside of the building, but relatively few venture inside. If you are wandering around the city, take some time to step inside one of the most rich and beautiful cathedrals you will ever see. After seeing the amazing churches of Europe, this... More 

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Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

Went to mass on a Sunday morning and was stunned by the beauty of the church. Looking at the simplicity of the outside you cannot possibly be prepared for the detail and beauty inside. The blue roof with the gold stars is a beautiful background to an otherwise very ornate altar, which when lit has a lovely golden glow which... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

As others have mentioned the Basilica is worth dropping into see. It may not be as glamorous as the one in Montreal or Europe but it still offers a lot to see as far as architectural and stained glass windows . Also offers good historical history.

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