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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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4.7
  • The view and experience was a lot of fun. We ended up spending about 2.5 hours walking around, sitting in the chapel and enjoying the experience. Gift shops were completely reasonable  more »
  • Our friends in Montreal had never been here so we tagged along with them. We do not have a faith as such but it was a very impressive space with wonderful views. The place is huge, with lots of differ...  more »
  • The programming does a good job telling the story of Brother Andre. The museum is a bit dated but the church itself is stunning. Even non-religious people can appreciate the art and architecture in it...  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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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