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St. Mary's Basilica

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Address: 1508 Barrington St, Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 1Z3, Canada
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Inspiring catholic basilica

My wife and I spent one day in Halifax, Nova Scotia. One of the places we wanted to visit was St. Mary's Catholic Basilica. It is located in the downtown area. It is a Gothic... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Metairie, Louisiana
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Metairie, Louisiana
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I spent one day in Halifax, Nova Scotia. One of the places we wanted to visit was St. Mary's Catholic Basilica. It is located in the downtown area. It is a Gothic revival style building. The most striking element of the cascade is the 3 gables. We would recommend a visit.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2016

I was fortunate enough to be in Halifax on a Sunday morning prior to returning to Montreal on the excellent Via Rail Canada 'The Ocean' train. The Cathedral became a Basilica in 1950, more than 65 years ago. It has a Gothic exterior. The interior looks somewhat like a ship's hull, very appropriate due to Halifax's huge connection with the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2016

You must take time to go inside this beautiful and historical basilica. The interior is deisgned like the hull of a ship. The upper stained glass depicts Old Testament and the lower stained glass depicts New Testament. Stay to hear the guide tell the history of the church.

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Halifax, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016 via mobile

It's definitely pretty, but after exploring the basilicas over in Rome it doesn't seem quite as nice. It's definitely worth stopping in though, it's right downtown close to everything else anyway, so not at all out of the way. And since Halifax seems to think it's a good idea lately to tear down all the old buildings and replace them... More 

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Englewood, Colorado
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

This is a huge church, almost overwhelming. Very beautiful and requires respect. Tours available but you must plan ahead as times are limited.

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Halifax
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

If you are from Hailifax you know where the Basilica is. This was always our meeting ground during university days. This beautiful old church has been here since 1899 and is proud to state it has the tallest granite spire in North America. I always loved coming here for mass at Christmas .

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Rogers, Arkansas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016 via mobile

This is a beautiful church building!! Such beautiful architecture! This is a must see if you come to Halifax!

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Jonesborough, Tennessee
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

We had a day in Halifax off our cruise ship, so decided to walk the streets. Coming across the basilica, we were very impressed by the exterior, but once inside were truly amazed. The windows and architecture take your breath away.

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Port Moody, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

Impressive granite Gothic Church with high spire. An understated interior with white vaulted ceilings and little of the pomp and circumstance in most Basilicas. Amazing stained glass and simple crucifix on the alter. Nice to see that is is a working church. A congregation still utilizes the building. Worth a quick stop.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016 via mobile

Don't miss this beautiful church. Beautiful stained glass windows. The alters are breathtaking!! Make sure you sit in a pee and just enjoy the beauty of this wonderful church.

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