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Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica

Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica

Photos by contributor Colin Old - Posted December 2017

Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica

 

Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica

Plaque Location

The City of Ottawa
On the northeast corner of Sussex Drive and St. Patrick Street


Coordinates: N 45 25.770 W 75 41.792

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Plaque Text

First planned as a parish church in 1839, Notre-Dame was transformed as it achieved the status of cathedral for the new Catholic Diocese of Bytown in 1847, mother church of the Archdiocese of Ottawa, and basilica in 1879. With bell towers, twin spires, Nincheri's pointed stained-glass windows, splendid polychromy, and intricately carved sanctuary, its exceptional design by priests, architects, and artisans was inspired by the French Gothic Revival, and integrates elements of classicism and French-Canadian church architecture. Its role as Ottawa's Catholic spiritual centre is enhanced by the numerous religious buildings that surround it.

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