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Built in 1872, this church was constructed to harmonize with the new Parliament buildings. Named the Cathedral of the Diocese in 1897, it continues to nurture faith in creative and traditional ways. Architectural features include soaring ceilings, magnificent windows and the bell tower, home to the 516-pound bronze bell cast for the original church in 1839.
The parish of Christ Church Bytown was established in 1832 on unceded Algonquin territory. In 1872, architect King Arnoldi completed construction of a bigger church in the English Gothic style to harmonize with the new Parliament buildings. Named the Cathedral of the Diocese in 1897, it continues to nurture faith in creative and traditional ways, and is often used for ecumenical, interfaith and state events. The cathedral offers soaring ceilings and pointed windows, the bell tower (home to the 516-pound bronze bell cast for the original church in 1839), a carved wooden reredos behind the altar, the Chapel of Reconciliation (which recognizes the cathedral’s role as the cathedral to the Anglican Military Ordinariate of the Canadian Forces, and the magnificent west window (which was commissioned to celebrate the sesquicentennial of the founding of Christ Church Bytown). For Digital Doors Open, join a virtual tour of the cathedral and explore these features for yourself.
Contact info414 Sparks Street
ArchitectureYear built: 1872
Building type:Historical landmarkPlace of worship
Architect: King Arnoldi
Architectural style:Gothic revival
Dates/hours openJun 04, 10:00am - Jun 05, 04:00pm
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.