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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 240 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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Montreal, Quebec, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

Have been going for several years but this year went on Easter Saturday and it was a beautiful mass. The view is just wow. Whether religious or not, a must see attraction of Montreal.

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

I visited St. Joseph's just for the view. After a workout style climb up the stairs, the view of Montreal was breathtakingly worth the effort. Probably one of the most romantic spots in the city,

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

if you have limited mobility you will have some hard time getting around. The oratory is located on the hill and it is quite a walk. The shrine itself is huge and quite imposing. Be warned that they do have visiting hours. But if you have plenty of time, do enjoy the view of Montreal from the oratory and walk... More

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Salem
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

This place was incredible. More signs are needed to locate all the treasures this place showcases. We found the place where Frere Andre lived and there was a gentleman who shared lots of information and even directed us to the crypt where the heart of Frere Andre is preserved and on display. He was just a guest eager to let... More

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

I am not much of a "sightseer" but I enjoyed this. You do not have to be religious to enjoy this stop. The view of the city is well worth the visit. It is a wonderful place to just unwind and rest awhile from the "work" of sightseeing. You do have to admire the building. There are plenty of elevators... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

This is a must place to visit when you are in Montreal and sunset is the best time. The structure is beautiful inside and out. I'm not quite religious but the place is so calm. Went here after a tiring day and after visiting inside the chapel, enjoyed the lovely breeze at the observation areas which are accessible at two... More

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Limerick, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

Before I start I would like to clarify I am not religious so don't be turned off reading my review on the basis of religion....this was the highlight of my Montreal trip...a wonderful a place where a weary traveller could sit in it's beautiful interior and find time for some peace and to marvel at this wonderous creation built by... More

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Calgary, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

The Oratory is truly impressive when you enter the grounds....the huge building is amazing, but sitting up on the hill gives it even more stature. The lower level includes the crypt chapel, shrines, and has some very interesting photos of the sites history. We visited on a Sunday which was both good and bad. We were able to see worship... More

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South London
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

It is a bit of a climb to the Oratory but worth it. regardless of religious beliefs it is an impressive place with the calmness that comes from visiting churches etc. It is free to get in and not so far from a metro stop with cafes and shops along the walk to St. Josephs. The view from the top... More

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Montreal, Quebec, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

In terms of architecture, the Oratory is not much impressive, apart from the fact that it is built atop a mountain. In stark contrast to other oratories or basilicas, its architecture is very modern, nothing historic about it. However, you get amazing views of the city from here. It looks in the opposite direction of what Mont-royal looks at, so... More

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