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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 #5 of 142 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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Ottawa, Canada
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59 reviews 59 reviews
28 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

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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103 reviews 103 reviews
71 attraction reviews
101 helpful votes 101 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

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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Kuujjuarapik, Canada
13 reviews 13 reviews
10 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

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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67 reviews 67 reviews
27 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
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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140 reviews 140 reviews
57 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
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
4 attraction reviews
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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Oakville, Canada
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37 reviews 37 reviews
10 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

If you ever go to Montreal, this is a must. Some people may argue that there is too much splendour, I do agree, but well worth seeing. The smaller chapel at the back, called Sacre Coeur , totally different and modern , also worth to visit

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New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

My family and I slipped into the church for a few moments of prayer and contemplation. The interior has a well deserved reputation for its beauty, but we were particularly impressed by the handsome exterior. It would be a mistake for visitors to miss this house of worship. My regret is that we were not there for any of the... More

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Senior Contributor
39 reviews 39 reviews
16 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

If you're in the neighbourhood - pop in and have a look! It'll only take you five minutes but you'll be blown away by the gorgeous details inside. This landmark can be seen from afar - we could see if from the Ottawa River during our cruise and we found out that the steeples are lighted at nighttime while we... More

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New York City, New York
12 reviews 12 reviews
8 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

Must visit. The building structure is beyond explanation. Not only is the cathedral ceiling fabulous, however the flying buttress are a marvel. Oh and let us not forget to mention the roof material ... Is it silver?

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