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    Notre Dame Cathedral Basilica.

    by Regina1965 Updated Nov 6, 2012

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    The Notre Dame Cathedral Basilica is Ottawa's oldest surviving church. I had somehow expected to see a bigger church, so I had dismissed this church as being an ordinary church, being used to the flamboyance of the Cathedrals in Europe.

    The Basilica was erected in 1846 and the spires were erected twenty years later. It is both Neo-Gothic and Neo-Classical. The exterior is, as I said, rather ordinary, but the interior is awesome and very ornate. It is fitting here to say: "Don't judge a book by its cover". Not to say though that God is in flamboyance, but you know what I mean.

    When I was visiting there was a Christening and no photos were allowed so I have no photos of inside the Cathedral but I can tell you that it is extraordinary beautiful. I visited again in 2012 and visited the church. It is truly beautiful.

    This church is the seat of Ottawa's Catholic archbishop.

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    Cathedral Basilica of Notre Dame

    by mim95 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Cathedral Basilica of Notre Dame

    Completed in 1885, the Basilica took 46 years to finish. It's the oldest surviving church in Ottawa. Features include painted and carved neo-Gothic interior, stained-glass windows, a gilded statue of the Madonna and child, and hundreds of statues.

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    Ottawa's Oldest and Largest Church!

    by Marisola Updated May 24, 2010

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    The Notre Dame Cathedral Basilica is Ottawa's oldest and largest church, as well as one of the most beautiful! It is a National Historical Site in Canada. Open Monday to Friday from 9 am - 12 pm. & 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm. There are guided tours daily, and English and French masses.

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    Notre Dame Cathedral

    by apbeaches Written Aug 13, 2009

    This impressive Cathedral was built in 1841 containing a very impressive alter with reliefs of the Seder. The biblical stained glass windows were installed by Guido Nicheri. The enormous organ was reconstructed in 1998 with 4700 pipes to recreate how the organ sounded in 1892.

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    Notre Dame Basilica

    by Mikebb Updated Jul 2, 2008

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    Most of the cities we visited along the St Lawarance River had beautiful churches and their own Notre Dame Basilica. We went inside some but did not have time to view this beautiful church. Our photos were taken as the tour coach passed by.

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    Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica

    by Jefie Updated Mar 19, 2008

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    Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica is Ottawa's oldest standing and largest church. Notre-Dame was built between 1841 and 1846, and during the construction, plans were modified from its original Neo-Classical design to a Neo-Gothic structure, and both styles now coexist quite harmoniously. Although the exterior is fairly sober, its sanctuary is quite colourful and very richly ornate.

    Notre-Dame is open everyday for self-guided tours, and services are conducted in French and English everyday.

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    Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica

    by bwk_michael Written Mar 6, 2008

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    The Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica is an ecclesiastic basilica in Ottawa, Canada. The Basilica is the oldest church in Ottawa and the seat of the city's Catholic archbishop. It is located on Sussex Drive in the Lower Town part of the city. Its twin spires and gilded Madonna are easily identifiable from nearby Parliament Hill and the surrounding area. The interior of the church is brightly painted and decorated with carved features, exquisite stained glass windows and hundreds of statues of various religious figures.

    Services are held in both French and English. Admission is free. The church is open daily for self-guided tours and prayer.

    The site was originally home to the small wooden St. Jacques Church built in 1832. This structure was destroyed in 1841 to make way for a larger stone structure, which was originally designed in the Neo-Classical style. In 1844, after the lower section was completed, it was decided to redesign it to be a more standard Neo-Gothic structure. Thus lower features, such as the main entrance, are Neo-Classical while the rest is Neo-Gothic. The main structure was finished in 1846, but it was not until 1858 that the steeples were installed. The steeples are topped with standard French-Canadian tin clochers. Its exterior is fairly reserved, but the interior is as ornate as any church in Canada. In 1847 it was elevated to a cathedral, and in 1879 to a basilica. The church was recently renovated and restored in the late 1990s.

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    Saint Patrick's Basilica

    by irishgalmtl Written Aug 22, 2007

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    The Gothic style of Saint Patrick's Basilica the first English-speaking Roman Catholic Parish. The Church was completed in 1875 and was declared a Basilica on Saint Patrick's Day, March 1995. The Church is named for an Irish missionary named Maewyn Succat. Fifteen hundred years ago he converted Ireland to Christianity, known as Saint Patrick.
    Saint Patrick's paris hall cross sits Is on the right side lawn of the Church. The church is made of local stone. It seats a thousand people. Shamrocks, for you will find them in the most unexpected places.

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    Notre Dame of Ottawa

    by pieter_jan_v Written Jun 25, 2007

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    The Notre-Dame is build between 1839 and 1885 and is the oldest church in Ottawa.

    The two towers can be seen from far away and makes the building easy to recognise.

    The interior of the church is brightly painted and decorated with carved features, stained glass windows and hundreds of statues of various religious figures.

    In 1978 the Notre Dame Cathedral Basilica of Ottawa was recognized as an historic monument.

    The church is open daily for self-guided tours and prayer. Admission is free.

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    Cathedral de Notre Dame

    by NC_Ziggy Written Jan 28, 2006

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    I think there's a Notre Dame in Paris too...

    Well, there is not so much to say about this magnificent Cathedral as I don't know much. But it is a very majestic building and worthy of a picture and comment. Please remember, I'm only here for the afternoon....

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