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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  • We took a bus from Jean Talon market to the St Joseph Oratory in the afternoon. From its gates it's imposing dome looked almost like the Sacre Coeur in Paris, perched on top of a hill. I was surprised...  more »
  • The site is further away and therefore if you are only 2 or 3 days in Montreal, I would. Besides the Church is relatively simple though it is huge. The coolest thing was the garden annex, which also is not a big deal, and the neighborhood itself, which is quite beautiful, with a spectacular cemetery.
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  • A place that you can not miss, the place is beautiful you can take mass if you want it, that does not scare off you rise, since it has a truck that takes you to the Esplanade and the inside with escalators. Its the best pay view enjoy all over Montreal.
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  • Impressive facility. The steps up are a prayerful experience (would recommend going up on your knees). The lower crypt church is beautiful with incredible stained glass windows. There are hundreds of candles burning before the many titles and patronages of St. Joseph, as well has the simple resting place of St. Andre. The upper church is quite different, but impressive in its size. It has a different feel, much darker and somber. The grounds are beautiful as well. My wife and I walked and prayed the Stations. Ample parking, but may be a hike. Be ware of buses too.
  • Didn’t know what I was expecting but when we arrived we were blown away. Absolutely gorgeous. They hope to do renovations so the has an exhibit right when you entered the Crypt Chapel. It was super helpful to get to know this places unique story. Really a must see in Montreal too. Very cool!
  • Really is hard not to feel spiritual in a place like this. I thing the best way to describe it is refreshing and majestic. The Musee has a great exhibit showcasing nativity scenes around the world. There's a surprise sprinkled in. The chapel itself is open for you to pray, admire, explore.
  • 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.
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