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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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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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beautiful and best place for reflection!

I don't know why but all of the churches I've visited in Montreal and Quebec this is the only place that made me cry! it is not even as grand inside not like other churches but... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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Vancouver, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I am so not religious but the story behind the building is interesting and the building inside and out is very detailed and beautiful.

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Edmonton, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I don't know why but all of the churches I've visited in Montreal and Quebec this is the only place that made me cry! it is not even as grand inside not like other churches but the place seems so genuine and intimate even though it is one of the largest churches. you can also visit the museum for a... More 

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Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The Beauty in the Oratory lies not in it's Size or Architecture but that it started from very Humble beginnings. Once you understand that, you realize that although there may be other buildings like it, how many can claim such a storied history? A Saint built this House of Worship and his Heart guards it.

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Darmstadt, Germany
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The whole place is nice and huge, quite impressive. Would have needed more information material though.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The Oratoire dates from a time when Quebec was far more observant, conservative, and strictly Catholic than it is today. It's a beautiful place, but also provides an important historical insight into what was very much a place apart from the rest of Canada.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I have been here many times over they years, I remember when they did not have the escalators. But this place always amazes me, the history and architecture of the building, although built in 1967 they did a complete renovation of the grounds and now change 5$. It's completely worth it whether you are or are not religous.

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Brooklyn, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We stopped there on bus tour the one where you get on and off . It was very interesting to visit and see the story behind it . One thing I couldn't believe were the penance steeps which are many wooden steps that you go up on your knees . Worth a visit

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Toronto, Canada
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This place is extremely overrated. There are hundreds of buildings like these in any European city, and the architecture is extremely banal. The tell-tale view on the city is also "nothing to write home about".

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Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The oratory, is a serene and beautiful place to visit. Do not be intimidated by all the stairs! They have a shuttle from the parking lot to the base, then an elevator that brings you up, plus they have escalators and elevators inside, if you cannot manage the stairs, they also have bathrooms in the snackbars. It's beautiful inside and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Well worth the climb Outstanding beauty and history in this old building Elevators and escalators for access to the top levels also

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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.