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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  • A little secret place is next to the oratory, the garden of the way of the cross. Ercolo Barbieri has sculpted beautiful statues that have very well through time. The statues were hewn stone of Indiana between 1952 and 1958. The flank of the mountain course is superb in the fall with the leaves in colors.
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  • Perhaps you have already visit too many churches in your trips but trust me: this one worth the try. Is a very unique church with two differents chapels and on top you have the little one outside (whe...  more »
  • Very nice quiet and relaxing place. The Interior with stained glass windows are a beauty! Everything is made to be quiet... Lift etc. Beautiful building inside! And a view on the other side of Montreal as magnificent with the sunset!
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  • 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.
  • A stunning church, perched on the top of the hill. be prepared for lots of walking up stairs as there are plenty. The church itself is huge, and beutiful. despite being busy while I was there, the people inside were quiet and respectful which helps maintain a very potent atmosphere. If the building itself isn't your thing; the north-facing stair case provides an excellent vantage point to watch planes taking off or landing at Montreal-Trudeau International Airport.
  • Popular tourist destination, large enough that it doesn't feel too busy. Great views of the city, beautiful church inside and out, plan to spend a couple hours exploring the 4 levels. The wall of crutches and tomb with brother Andre's heart are a must see.
  • A must-see while in Canada. It's the largest church in the country and it's the best spot to see the sunset in the entire city. I cannot describe how serene and peaceful the sanctuary is. The architecture takes a unique art-deco approach to sacred spaces. Truly memorable and magnificent.
  • 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.

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