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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  • Great landmark and a satisfying visit. Multiple rooms and chapels. Some beautiful ironwork. Recommend the cavern of candles.  more »
  • No matter your faith your sense of peace and aw will burst through your body and mind when you enter this fantastic holy place.  more »
  • They don't really advertise this little gem and we have been traveling to Montreal for years and didn't know about it. It is a bona fide cathedral size church and a very beautiful one at that. Also th...  more »
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  • Claimed to be the biggest church in Canada (Prayers areas are small but they have multiple prayers areas). It's not like traditional Basilica. Structure of one of the prayers hall is contemporary (simple but beautiful). Entrance is free (they should charge some fees though). Have a couple of food places in there for quick bites. View from top is beautiful (It can be very breezy).
  • Very impressive because its so big .Go there more often. You can spend an easy 6 hours here. Research it before you go on the internet. This is a MODERN cathedral despite the fact it looks old. Stay for a service even if you are not Catholic. Don't miss the Stations of the Cross. I am not Catholic and enjoyed it.You always enjoy going there and visiting.
  • Very impressive because its so big .Go there more often. You can spend an easy 6 hours here. Research it before you go on the internet. This is a MODERN cathedral despite the fact it looks old. Stay for a service even if you are not Catholic. Don't miss the Stations of the Cross. I am not Catholic and enjoyed it.You always enjoy going there and visiting.
  • This place is breathtaking. Inside you will find two huge beautiful churches. Apparently Max's every hour in different languages. Christmas at this place must be amazing. I was humbled at the sites and the people at this place. You will also learn the history about it which is pretty amazing also. We will go again every time we visit Montreal. We went in the winter time must be spectacular.
  • Well worth the visit. A really enormous space, with much more modern feel than some other big churches, particularly due to the art inside. The museum in the basilica also has a nice collection of nativity scenes. Be prepared for a long series of stairs and escalators, just due to the vast scale of the church.

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