Must-see churches in Ottawa
- Ottawa Travel Guide
- Tuesday, 12 February 2013 08:52
Every traveller is different - whether they seek out the best food the area has to offer or they can't wait to check out all of the local museums. Those who are planning on travelling to Ottawa have a great deal to choose from with its rich history and beautiful landmarks. Travellers who enjoy religious history will also be busy in Ottawa, as there are a number of beautiful churches that have been around for more than 100 years.
Notre Dame Basilica
This is located where the first Catholic church formed, making this the oldest church in Canada's capital. There is plenty of history within the Notre Dame Basilica, which has been around since 1841. The lower section of the church was designed by Antoine Robillard and Father Cannon, following a neo-classical design. Then, the design of the upper section of the church was handed over to Father Telmon, who incorporated the neo-gothic style for which the Basilica is known for. The combination of the two architectural styles certainly makes for a beautiful building' that has been a popular spot for visitors of the city. This is especially true since the church was named a historical monument by both the both the National Capital Commission and the city of Ottawa in 1978.
Christ Church Cathedral
The Christ Church Cathedral has also been around for more than a century. The rich history is apparent when visitors walk around the premises. Not to mention, there are also inscriptions on various structures in the church - including the stained glass windows, pipe organ, prayer books, alter kneelers and choir-stall cushions - that essentially bring the history of the old building to life. One of its biggest historical highlights was in 1896, when the new Diocese of Ottawa was formed and chose this church to be named a cathedral.
St. Joseph's Parish
This building has been around since 1855, and it was made of local stones in a Gothic-inspired design. Travellers will enjoy the colourful stained glass windows that offset the cold marble altars in this church, which seats up to 1,000 parishioners. St. Joseph's Parish has a rich history, making it an important stop for those who enjoy the exquisite churches that have been Canada's capital for hundreds of years.