As the world’s attention turned to the Vatican Papal Conclave, I happened to be in downtown Ottawa this weekend, soaking up the sunshine and warm temperatures, with my camera in hand. I ended up passing by Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica on Sussex drive across the street from the National Gallery of Canada.
It’s a building I had been meaning to check out for a while, having seen a couple of photos of the inside. I’ve been to a lot of Cathedrals in Europe, most of them in France, where seemingly even the smallest town has a breathtaking cathedral, with visits in Spain and Portugal as well. As expected, many of those Cathedrals were immaculate and awe inspiring works of architecture and art.
You expect that level of grandeur in Europe, but to find it right here, in Ottawa, is pretty remarkable. If you’re craving a European getaway but can’t find the time or funds, visit Notre-Dame Cathedral. At over 160 years old, it’s a little slice of Europe in Canada’s Capital.
While I had my camera with me, I was reluctant to take too many photos. There were people seated at pews throughout the building, sitting quietly in prayer and reflection. I became a bit self-conscious of the noise the shutter on my camera was making, so I took a few photos and then walked around. Here’s a few of the shots I got.