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Notre Dame Basilica

385 Sussex Dr. | at Guigues Ave., Ottawa, Ontario K1N 5H5, Canada (Byward Market Area)
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Ranked #6 of 136 attractions in Ottawa
Type: Religious Sites
Description: This beautiful and ornate gothic-style cathedral is recognized by its twin spires.
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87 reviews 87 reviews
24 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2014

Beautiful and opulent. This is a European cathedral that happens to be placed in Canada. I so longed for a tour guide or a tour book. Take a moment to be quiet in this space.

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Senior Contributor
43 reviews 43 reviews
15 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2014

the basilica is very nice inside, dont have to pay for the entry and the heating was on. close to the mint and a museum

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Detroit, Michigan
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34 reviews 34 reviews
14 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2014

This is an amazingly beautiful Church, both a Minor Basilica and the Cathedral for the Archdiocese of Ottawa. The architecture is wonderful and has both French and Irish influences. The ceiling of the Cathedral is covered in 12,000 gold leafs. Many of the gold in the statues was donated from parishioners. Mass here is offered at 12:15 in English and... More

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Sault Ste. Marie, Canada
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38 reviews 38 reviews
6 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014

Simply breathtaking. Amazing architecture. Please remember to leave money when you visit....this will ensure its preservation for the future.

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Highland Park, Illinois
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111 reviews 111 reviews
25 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2014

This Cathedral has some unique ornamentation. Different blue sky ceiling. Although well over 100 years old, it appears to be in excellent condition.

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108 helpful votes 108 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2014

One of the really great tourist attractions in the city. If you have to limit your visiting sites make this one up near the top of the must sees. If this church was in Europe people would be flocking from all across the world to visit it, a real gem. If you like historic churches this is a beauty.

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Kennewick, Washington
3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2014

I saw the spires in the distance and had to check it out! It was worth it! Gorgeous church! If I could get married here I would (though I hear the waiting list is pretty long!) I went to a mass in French (I speak a little of it) and was truly inspired by the beauty of the Basilica and... More

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Toronto, Canada
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37 reviews 37 reviews
22 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2014

We grew up in Ottawa and had never been there. On Christmas morning, I decided that we should visit this Church. We arrived just before noon as Mass was about to begin. The interior is strikingly beautiful, very ornate and I terrific condition. This was a very special and memorable time for our family.

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Feldafing, Germany
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33 reviews 33 reviews
16 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2013

Far from Notre Dame a Paris, but it's a beautiful church, just across the national gallery which is also a great place if you're into art.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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28 reviews 28 reviews
4 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2013

I was intrigued from the start. I didn't even know what church it was from afar, but walked right up and saw the name. I was able to go in on a Sunday afternoon. It was quiet, peaceful and beautiful! You can light candles, sit/kneel and pray or just wander around and look at the ornate beauty.

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