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. Put Saint Joseph's Oratory of Mount Royal on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Montreal trip maker app .
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  • I go 3-4 times a year to the mass, always at the oratory, always at the Basilica not at the crypt. The reason, the arrival of the celebrants with crosses, candles and boiler to boucane, small singers of Mount Royal, infinite number of priests and great organ. This reminds me of my early 60s youth before the masses at go-go, this reminds me of my grandparents ' income from the US and their French Canadian pride. It's just good bread.
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  • Yes, of course, it's Canada's largest church and architectural marvel. If you visit on Sunday morning during the prayer time - the experience is serene. The observatory is a must visit, a great spot f...  more »
  • Oratorio is very large, very beautiful and brings an inexplicable peace. I Went to the end of winter and some parts were interdicted, I believe that in the spring is even more beautiful. It's worth the visit.
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  • Great place to catch the sunset. Really interesting, architecturally. The outside of the basilica is completely different from the interior, not what I expected at all. The interior looks quite modern and contemporary. Originally only came to view the sunset over Montreal, but arrived early so ended up exploring the inside of the Oratory, which was interesting. It’s really spacious inside, much larger than it looks. There’s also an original chapel, which is very small but quaint and worth a peek, it’s a short 2mins walk from the main basilica.
  • Very nice place. There is something magical here. It offers a serene atmosphere while maintaining the sanctity of the place. People from various Faith's come here to offer prayers and they receive answers to their prayers. And other people come to offer thanks giving for receiving answers to their prayers. This is one place I highly recommend, a must visit and see. Take the entire tour of the place after going for confession which is available on premise, then offer your prayers with holiness and wait for your miracle as you continue with your life. Once you receive your miracle, don't forget to come back and thank God for your miracle.
  • Very beautiful and huge church. I experienced very wonderful feeling over there. I felt positive vibrations in my heart while hearing prayer. Really nice place. Love it. ❤️
  • I made the mistake of not bringing gloves (it's still 'winter') it's such a beautiful church and amazing view. There was some areas that were limited access due to the weather. But regardless, it's worth walking up those 4 flights of stairs. Would love to come back during the summer. There's a nice little gift shop/museum and an exhibit dedicated to Brother André who founded the Oratory. Bring some change for donation or come for a mass.
  • I love Saint Joseph's oratory. Gorgeous view of Montreal. Very nice way of the cross. Nice museum and bookstore. Great place to pray. A must visit if you are visiting Montreal
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