You won’t believe a breathtaking place like this exists in Ontario. The Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica is a marvel of Gothic Revival architecture and it’s actually a National Historic Site in Canada.
According to Destination Ontario, the cathedral “houses some of the most magnificent stained-glass windows in North America.”
Not only that, but it also dates way back to the 19th century, making it the oldest standing church in the city of Ottawa.
This masterpiece was created entirely by a team of dedicated architects and talented sculptors, according to the Basilica.
This team was also the creative powerhouse behind the stunning Ottawa Parliament buildings.
When you step inside, you will be captivated by the towering Gothic arches running all along the interior.
But, the most extraordinary feature of all is the collection of stained glass windows.
The first series of these windows was installed way back in 1879.
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“These windows consist of geometrical motifs painted in grisaille and embellished by light touches of vivid colours,” the Basicila says.
One of the most impressive stained glass displays is the large window just above the main entrance.
You could truly lose yourself gazing at the bright scenes etched into the glass that practically glow as the light pours into the space.
The cathedral is also home to a number of fascinating artifacts, most of which come from Europe and are of Italian origin.
These artifacts include a gold chasuble and several golden chalices decorated with medallions and precious stones.
If you’re a lover of history and exquisite architecture, you have to pay this incredible spot a visit.
When: Daily from 9 AM to 6 PM
Where: 385 Sussex Drive, Ottawa