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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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Oddly enough, what I remember most about this is 1.) the people climbing the stairs on their knees, 2.) the incredibly nice helpful staff and 3,) their cafeteria which was really... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 28, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

Oddly enough, what I remember most about this is 1.) the people climbing the stairs on their knees, 2.) the incredibly nice helpful staff and 3,) their cafeteria which was really simple and really good. Felt like we were welcome and not a source of tourist dollars, a nice feeling

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

Do not let the traditional exterior mislead you. The interior of this cathedral is modern and magnificent. Drive to the top parking lot on the right and enter the church without climbing the many steps on the exterior. The stain glass, wood sculptures and wrought iron are unified in style and impressive in scale. Go, if you can, @ 3:00... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015 NEW

It's a very nice place to visit if you're ever around that area, but the inside is disappointing. The view from the top however is amazing.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015 NEW

Went there early in the morning, was only myself and 2 other people. Very easy to get around and full access to the site.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

In my wanderings about the huge Mont - Royale Park, I got one day to the St.Joseph Oratory of Mount Royal. I approached this holy place from the Chemin Queen Mary. There was the entrance from that side, after You climbed one part of paved road either for pedestrians or for leaving the car on the parking lot. That is... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

It's a good place to visit! Plenty of chapels and worship rooms. I went during winter but in summer you can have access to the balcony to see the view and the gardens which are beautiful.

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Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

If you've visited Lourdes, you may want to give this a skip, even though the Oratory is architecturally superb (including a dome that can be seen for miles). The Casavant pipe organ is one of the world's best, and the Oratory is the site of a week-long international pipe organ festival in late Spring). Like Lourdes, for decades it's been... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

A few friends and I ended up in Montreal on Christmas Eve and decided to attend the Christmas midnight mass. Unfortunately, we left in 10 minutes since it was all in French, we headed out into the frigid night, but what made the trip here worth it was the views into Montreal from the viewing platform. The whole city was... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

This is a must see if you are visiting, SO beautiful and amazing! The view from the Oratory is perfect, I am sorry we didn't go during the day and take longer to tour. I would love to visit another time to hear the giant organ.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

We went in wintertime so of course there was fee as everything was closed. We were still able to walk around in and explore the grounds around the church and take some good photos as the view was simply amazing. Definitely worth the short drive up to the top of the hill to take in the view of the city... More 

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