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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  • I can see the cross from my window at night, and the top of the dome during the day. Not being from Montreal I decided to see what this thing was. What it was, is awesome. Every 'what should I do when I come to Montreal' site will tell you to come here. They are all right. The grounds are huge, there is so much too see inside, and out, and the small original church to the right side is really interesting. They have a shuttle that I believe (never been on it) takes you to the top of the hill. It is free. My only word of warning is that being on top of a hill makes it very windy. This is best seen in the summer. Yes, there is a lot to see inside. Still there is a beautiful walkway with statues nestled into the forest that closes during the winter. Find when it is open, and go check it out. You won't regret it. (It's called The Garden Way of the Cross)
  • A magnificent historic building on the top of Mount Royal. I can't begin to cover the history, or the sheer wonder if this place in a simple review. Honestly, even if you are not religious, not Catholic, I can continue to list nots but meh. Where was I? Oh yeah, all those things aside, the views from this building, the history involved, and just the scale of the entire site is something to behold. Trust me, take the time, it's well worth it. My biggest regret is that I didn't take enough time on my last visit to take it all in.
  • Exquisitely beautiful. So big it has escalators. A good explanation if the history both in French and English which is nice. There are rows and rows of walking canes hanging from bars within the church given by those who were healed by Fr Andre's prayer.
  • I haven't seen that much of church, however, this one strikes me the best. It has cubism and minimalist approach to its architecture. Brighter and lighter feel inside the church. To save your energy, park your car at the top, enter and exit on the plateau where you can have a breathtaking view of Mont Royal.
  • Nice spot. Good history and original reason for the oratory. Can be a case of "just another church". Paris was just the same.

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