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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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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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I was very inspired by this cathedral. I was especially impressed by the stainless steel steeples that shone in the sunshine. Most unusual. The inside too was very beautiful. Well... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I was very inspired by this cathedral. I was especially impressed by the stainless steel steeples that shone in the sunshine. Most unusual. The inside too was very beautiful. Well worth a visit.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Worth a visit, even for non-believers. The European-style architecture is just stunning. Great location as well - across the street is the National Gallery of Canada and other visitor attractions. Free entrance.

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Binghamton, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This church is deceiving in the the exterior is ordinary, but the interior equals some of the churches in Europe. Very impressive.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I had visited Notre Dame Basilica in Montreal in a previous trip to Canada and was pleasantly surprised to see that Ottawa's Basilica matches the previous one in beauty, art and luxury. It's not very impressive from outside but as soon as you get inside be prepared to be wowed by its beauty. Magnificent altar, impressive glass work and a... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

When I saw pictures posted online, I thought people had mistakenly posted pictures from the Montreal Basilica of Notre Dame in Ottawa's page, but this one has a similar color scheme and is equally as beautiful. I was impressed. The outside looks completely different with the tall silver spires, but inside is similar. It is quiet and prayerful. The atmosphere... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I will not visit Ottawa without visiting this Basilica. It is breath taking and one is allowed to take photos, although the light is not good and a tripod with long exposure times is needed for really good photos. The window pane coloured artwork is magnificent and follows the story of Christ in different facets. I must see for architecture... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It was a beautiful visit. Lots of glass windows and decorated side walls. The alter is wow, they had readings when I went, so you needed to be extra quiet.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

An excellent example of the craftsmenship of years gone buy . A free and nice stop that art lovers traveling to the National Gallery should see as it is accross the street

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Fulton, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

When we arrived there was a wedding in the church. People were lined up to go in so we waited. After the wedding exited we were allowed to go inside. It was just so beautiful!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Now why didn't my church growing up look and feel like this? Maybe I would have stuck with it - if only for the spacial experience. Wow, what an impressive space. Such a peaceful silence in the middle of the city. If you are a bit overwhelmed by anything religious, but love the architecture and history like me, go during... More 

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