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“Good decorations and stained glass windows”

Notre Dame Basilica
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US$ 30.40*
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Ottawa City Hop-on Hop-off Tour
Ranked #9 of 291 things to do in Ottawa
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Owner description: This beautiful and ornate gothic-style cathedral is recognized by its twin spires.
Reviewed 2 August 2017 via mobile

Having recently been in Europe and South America and seeing some of the really ostentatious churches there, this church struck me as less lavish. The decorations are good and simple - with no obvious display of the organisation's wealth. Stained glass windows are also of simple design - and suited to the overall feel of the place. Pipe organ is a good one - I would love to hear it being played. There seem to be a very small number of chapels and confessionals, so I did wonder if this is still a working church...

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Reviewed 2 August 2017

Lots of painted glass of good quality. Nice ceiling with great light on it. Better than basikica in Quebec.

Thank Arjan v
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Reviewed 1 August 2017 via mobile

My husband and I wished we could have attended Mass here but the tour we were on made that impossible. However, we visited the church, lit a candle and prayed a few moments before the beautiful altar & sanctuary which we believe to be one of the most beautiful we have ever seen including in Italy. The artful carvings and stained glass is indescribable! The unusual roof is so unique too. We loved it & are so happy we made the effort to see it!

Thank Bentleybeagledog
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Reviewed 30 July 2017

This is a beautiful cathedral. The stained glass windows are very stunning and reminds me of all the ones in Europe.

Thank Julia K
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Reviewed 27 July 2017

You can see the spires from almost any part of the city. The interior will leave you in awe. Towering ceilings, cathedral seating, huge pipe organ, stainless windows, some of the most impressive and beautiful artistry in the hundred years are within these church walls. It took so long for this church to be built it actually switches architectual designs half way through! There are also mass times where local parishioners attend mass. There are tour times all week and on weekends. I would also say, please be attending to the mass signs. It may not be your faith, but walking in and taking pictures and talking during other people's religious services is rather disrespectful!
Photos are allowed during tours and self guided tours.

Thank Wayne L
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