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St. Joseph's Oratory of Mount Royal

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Address: 3800 chemin Queen-Mary, Montreal, Quebec H3V 1H6, Canada
Phone Number: 514-733-8211
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Description: Saint Joseph's Oratory of Mount-Royal is the largest shrine dedicated to...
Saint Joseph's Oratory of Mount-Royal is the largest shrine dedicated to Saint Joseph in the world. You must come visit our treasures like the votive chapel containing 10,000 lights and votive candles, our marvelous museum with a permanent exhibit of hundreds of creches from around the world, the Chapel of Brother Andre built in 1904, the heart of Brother Andre, our spectacular gardens containing the Way of Cross, the Crypt Church and the majestic Basilica.
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Stunning architectural marvel both inside and outside! Great view and scenery. I think this is an interesting place to visit whether one is Catholic or not (I'm not).

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 23, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

Stunning architectural marvel both inside and outside! Great view and scenery. I think this is an interesting place to visit whether one is Catholic or not (I'm not).

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

If you are a Catholic or even if not and you are in Montreal your must visit the Oratory. It offers different impressions depending on the time of year but in Summer months it is a beautiful place to visit. Great views and a lovely outdoor walk as well on nice days. As Brother Andre has now been made a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

Hundreds of steps to climb if you want to see the inside. If you do not climb the steps, it is still a beautiful church to see. People kneel down all over the steps, because they believe their sins will be forgiven. There is some great history about this church- a must see.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

Not being into religion at all, but liking Christmas music, we went one Christmas Eve, sat right in front, and could hardly hear anything. The sound is way better at the back.... But this is, for me, just another great big Catholic institution, not St. Peter's by any means, and rather over-hyped in the "miracle" division. The walk up is... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

It is a very religious place on top of the Mount Royafl.Plenty of tourits from all over the world.Biggest shrine in America and third in the world in honour of St Joseph and Brother André which had the ideaa of buiding a shrine to St Joseph.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

The most unique history of the catholic church in Montreal. Humble roots for the poor youth in the late 19th century Brother Andre's heart is preserved and encased for miracles per beat. Many stairs to climb to the top of the Mount Royal cross but not as much as The Oratory where pilgrimage was to pray per step on knees.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

A must-see if you visit Montreal. Set on a hill overlooking the city, the Oratory is a collection of 3 churches and a museum. The churches are built one on top of the other in a network, but vary greatly in design. For those interested, the Oratory has the heart of the architect on display, and more interestingly, his plans... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

This is a site of past miracles. Thousands of children were granted the miracle of walking again by St. Andre, formerly Brother Andre. He was to be made a Saint by Pope John Paul ll, and was further only Canada's second saint by the Catholic church. You will see the room with thousands of pairs of crutches, of all the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

I really have no words to describe St. Joseph Oratory at Mount Royal. I visit this place almost every year and every time I discover something new. The views are different as well at different times of the day or evening. I strongly suggest everyone to go and enjoy the history and importance together.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

For some reason I really appreciate church architecture, older stone construction, and Montreal is full of really stunning examples. St Joseph's Oratory is a very unique example, newer, and set high on the side of a hill... there's something about it, inside and out, that is very rich to experience. It's a Montreal tourist cliche, but if you appreciate architecture... More 

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Staying in Parc du Mont-Royal

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Parc du Mont-Royal
Montreal was named for this hilly highland, where the tallest spot in the city overlooks its most extensive parkland. The greenspace of Parc du Mont-Royal is an outdoorsman's dream, with hiking trails and nature walks that cater to every season and level of athlete. In the winter, cross-country skiers, tobogganers, and ice skaters don their equipment by Beaver Lake and its pavilion, while the warmer months bring families and competitors to the pitches of Jeanne-Mance Park for tennis, soccer, football, baseball, volleyball, or a dip in the community pool. A perfect spot for a stroll or a picnic, the forest foliage is dotted with sculpture art and offers views of some of Mont-Royal's oldest edifices, the towering St. Joseph's Oratory and the mausoleums of Notre-Dame-des-Neiges. Home to musical celebrations and twilight snowshoeing alike, visit here to walk, write, rest, think, or just be.