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Notre Dame Basilica, Ottawa

4.7
#2 of 17 in Historic Sites in Ottawa
Religious Site · Tourist Spot
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Step into the intricately designed Notre Dame Basilica, the oldest and largest church in Canada's capital city. At first glance the exterior may seem somewhat ordinary, with the exception of the reflective tin steeples visible from around the city. However, as you enter the church you're met with striking royal gold and blue features, such as the grand vaulted roof, a high altar, stained-glass windows, and a pipe organ boasting more than 1,000 pipes. Use our Ottawa trip planner to add Notre Dame Basilica and other attractions to your Ottawa vacation plans.
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  • The Basilica was closed to tours when were in Ottawa, so we opted to go an English Mass, as did a lot of other tourists, I think. The pipe organ and choir was beautiful, and we enjoyed and... 
    The Basilica was closed to tours when were in Ottawa, so we opted to go an English Mass, as did a lot of other tourists, I think. The pipe organ and choir was beautiful, and we enjoyed and...  more »
  • This church is presently taking COVID restrictions very seriously and, as a result, it is currently only open to view briefly before and after mass times. We arrived at a non-mass time and were... 
    This church is presently taking COVID restrictions very seriously and, as a result, it is currently only open to view briefly before and after mass times. We arrived at a non-mass time and were...  more »
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  • A great place to visit in Ottawa where you can chose to spend anywhere between 5 to 50min depending upon how long you would like to sit and admire one of the most beautiful building of Ontario! The cathedral is stunning on the inside and if you are lucky you can get to attend a live prayer session!
  • First time here with my friend. We are not religious but while visiting Ottawa we entered the Notre Dame Cathedral. It’s a beautiful cathedral. Acoustics fantastic. And amazing design we love it. Overall it was impressive. Recommended

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