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St. Joseph's Oratory of Mount Royal

3800 chemin Queen-Mary, Montreal, Quebec H3V 1H6, Canada
514-733-8211
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Ranked #7 of 241 Attractions in Montreal
Type: Religious Sites
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Fairfax, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

Built on the crest of Mont Royal, this multi-level cathedral has much to offer. At the foot of the cathedral is a beautiful garden. You can catch a bus (donation) that will take you to a level where you can get an elevator or escalator to the other levels. The first level has many candle areas and a chapel. On... More

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Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

Not much to add here that other reviewers haven't said, except that I give it 2 thumbs up. Wasn't certain what to expect as I climbed what seemed to be thousands of stairs leading to all levels of the Oratory. Staff both at the street entrance as well as the visitors booth near the Crypt Church were all extremely helpful... More

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

The St. Joseph's Oratory was a stop on our city bus tour. We decided to hop off and explore. The children in our group thought climbing all the steps to the top would be just the thing to do. We did! Hint for those not inclined to take the outdoor steps, there is an escalator indoors. We admired the church,... More

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Canton, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

This "oratory" is exactly as presented, all about prayers. The outdoor stations of the cross are beautifully executed and invite prayer and reflection. The lower level of the building has altars to St. Joseph's many attributes and thousands of crutches and canes from those healed by their visits here. The chapel there is filled with those praying at all times.... More

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Makati, Philippines
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

A church that has everything. Magnificent, grand and very interesting. So huge. A great place to view the city and the college of Notre Dame is just across. Complete with rapms and elevators. This church is so rich and well supported.

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Zurich, Switzerland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

The huge size of this basilica is breathtaking; from the outside and the inside. The views from there are fantastic as well. More about the history can be found here: http://www.saint-joseph.org/en/shrine/our-history

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

A beautiful building worth the trip. There is no charge to enter the premises but a donation of $5 is requested for parking. Save half a day for this site cause it has so much to see. Try to catch a mass in French or English mass(on certain days only). There is a cafeteria on site for lunch and a... More

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Wingham, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

There are 175 steps to the top, but thankfully, elevators inside the cathedral. It's a very interesting place, starting with the stairs that a few people pray upon, as they kneel their way to the top. Inside the church, the hushed rooms are beautiful and authentic. One room houses all the candles which can be lit for a price. On... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

notre-dame basillica gets the fanfare, but St Joes has spectacular views and not your typical church/basillica. outside is nothing like the inside. Organ was playing which added to the effect. Definetely a must see if your in Montreal. Plus you'll get a some excercise in walking up the steps. they do have elevators for those who are physically challenged.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

A bit of a walk from the nearest Metro, but the Oratory has stunning views over the city and is easily accessible if you don't fancy the trek up Mont Royal! There are a few different viewing platforms so you can actually get quite high up for free and look down on the city below. Very clean & manicured grounds... More

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