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Reviewed 17 September 2018

Beautiful church in historic Halifax. Fairly recent construction (for Canada) but good to visit. Try to find a quiet time to enjoy and learn about the history of hte place.

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 4 September 2018

Beautiful Neo-Gothic Cathedral, a national historic site. Built in 1820 and extensively renovated in the 1860's, this church has stood at the heart of Halifax for almost 200 years. The existing stained glass windows were installed in 1920, after the original windows were blown out by the Halifax Explosion. This Church boasts a Casavant pipe organ with almost 3,000 pipes, the first of it's kind to be installed in Atlantic Canada.
During the summer months, and free tour, with a personable and knowledgeable guide, is not to be missed. It includes a "behind the scenes" look at the sacristy and the small museum displays therein.
Walking distance from the piers, so cruise ship visitors will want to stop in!

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Sharneliz
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Reviewed 29 August 2018 via mobile

..we enjoyed a brief stroll around the Basilica, and found it to be very serene, almost pristine, and with wonderful glass windows. I guess we’ve been spoilt with some of the Basilicas we’ve been to, such as Montreal’s, and it wasn’t up to that standard in terms of things to see or read about, but nonetheless an interesting visit.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Andy-S60
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Reviewed 19 August 2018

We popped in to escape the heat and found ourselves in the middle of an about-to-begin wedding - embarrassing! Slipped into the side prayer area that was open to the public and being the good Catholic that I am, lit my candle and contemplated life for awhile. Once the wedding was over, we got to see the beautiful stained glass and marvel at the architecture. Great photo ops and staff were very kind. Wish we could have attended mass.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank CalgaryFamilyTravels
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Reviewed 11 August 2018

We felt most welcome during Sunday morning's Mass at the Basilica. It is a beautiful basilica and is in walking distance from the area hotels.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Kathy33853
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