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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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High Atop a Hill of Many Stairs

This marvelous Catholic church is the work of a local saint, Brother Andre, who started building the church at the end of the 19th century. That modest chapel is now a massive... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 31, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

This marvelous Catholic church is the work of a local saint, Brother Andre, who started building the church at the end of the 19th century. That modest chapel is now a massive modern domed concrete church that sits upon hundreds of stairs, so be prepared for lots of climbing, but if you reach the lookout level, there are escalators to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

Very different than most church I've been too. Lots of beautiful metal sculptures inside the basilica.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

Every year I have to go to the St-Joseph Oratory in Montreal, for the views from the balcony but mostly for a pelerinage. It provides me a great sense of peace and happiness. It also reminds me the great Basilica in France and Italy and I am home!!!! Worth the detour.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

Breath taking grounds, beautiful chapels. Wonderful views of the city from the top. Peaceful gardens and fountain for time to reflect. A shuttle is available for those that aren't able to take the stairs. I suggest buying the map, makes the time more enjoyable.

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Kezar Falls
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

The church was nothing like we anticipated, very modern but lovely. The highlight for us was the stations of the cross gardens.

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Montreal, Qc
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

Regardless of your beliefs, the sheer size of this architectural masterpiece basilica visited by Pope John-Paul II back in 1984 merits your visit. Tens of thousands of tourists and worshipers come here year long from Canada, US, Europe, Asia, ...by foot, train, ship, plane, car, busloads. Do NOT miss the crypt with its stained glasses, the ex-voto chapel, the rock... More 

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California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

Unbelievable! Beautifull main basilica. Don't miss the first floor chapel and crypt and the original chapel building away from the main building. Plan on going early so that you can see it all. Don't miss getting the gardens and the beautiful view from the basillica balconies. Don't miss this church!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

Amazing architecture on the side of Mount Royal, this Oratory has a spectacular view of Montreal. This huge church houses a museum dedicated to the now Saint, Brother André, and the chapels. The main area of this building to visit is the gigantic chapel with very high painted ceilings and the enormous pipes of the organ. It is a great... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

I'm am not religious,but the feelings I experienced were incredible,I felt warm and beautiful, very beautiful. I have returned once more and will go again You feel good when you leave

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

The Votive Chapel is simple amazing! When I entered this area I felt the strength of a higher power. You can visit the Crypt, The Chapel, The Gardens, The Way of The Cross and the Museum. The architecture of the Oratory is worth seeing. And the view of the city is breathtaking. It is worth a the visit.

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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.