Saint Joseph's Oratory of Mount Royal, Montreal

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Known for its giant dome, Saint Joseph's Oratory of Mount Royal represents one of the world's most significant churches dedicated to St. Joseph, drawing over 2 million worshipers every year. The massive cathedral features a votive chapel with approximately 10,000 lights and candles. Completed in 1967, this pilgrimage site displays the heart of Brother Andre, who reportedly performed various miracles and possessed healing powers. Religious visitors come to see the relic, climbing 300 wooden stairs on their knees to reach the oratory. Casual tourists can walk up the stone steps or board a shuttle bus at the base of Mount Royal. Add Saint Joseph's Oratory of Mount Royal and other attractions to your Montreal trip itinerary using our Montreal tour planner.
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  • August 16, 2017
    You can see all of Montreal from the church steps . This church is so massive that you have to see it to appreciate its grandeur. The history , architecture and grounds make you wonder what it was lik...  more »
  • August 15, 2017
    I grew up in Montreal in the catholic faith and this is a special place for me and my family. The have finished much of the restoration and it is looking really good.  more »
  • August 15, 2017
    What most caught my attention when viewing the oratory were its dimensions, it is really great, people who appreciate its balconies look like ants. From my point of view, it is a place which is worth visiting, a large building, with very clean and manicured gardens. The atmosphere is also worthy of note, exudes a great spirituality. Also here are the highest views of the city.
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  • July 1, 2017
    Lost a star due to the poor use of signs. Tip: USE THE ELEVATOR/ESCALATOR! Lots of walking as well. Need to deposit money to light the candles. No history written anywhere which would have been better. Gift shop is okay, not much. Needs more lighting inside, or maybe it wasn't on when we went. Parking is $5 straight or you can park for free all the way at the bottom (more walking, no elevators or anything there). Overall, very nice but wish there was some written things so we can understand it more better.
  • June 30, 2017
    Beautiful and massive exterior and interior. Good views of the city. A Montreal must-visit for Catholics, but non-Catholics/non-Christians should find the building and it's history very interesting as well. Visited July 2015
  • June 1, 2017
    The beauty of the architecture, art, sculptures, stained windows is second to none. It is unlike any other church I've been to. The art style is modern. It was definitely worth visiting while we were in Montreal. A hidden gem!
  • April 18, 2017
    This is a must see if anywhere near Montreal. I have never seen so many candles ever before in one place. Visually stunning! It is very inspiring to see the canes and crutches that are no longer needed through prayers answered. Huge gift shop and the tomb of st Andre. You will not be sorry if stopping here. Great visit.
  • June 8, 2017
    An amazing site to see in Montreal. Unlike any other chapel I've seen, with beautiful modernist and brutalist architecture. Also it was completely free to explore and there were many secrets hidden within.

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