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St. Joseph's Oratory of Mount Royal

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Parc du Mont-Royal
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Address: 3800 chemin Queen-Mary, Montreal, Quebec H3V 1H6, Canada
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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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Went to visit on a whim.... It is such a glorious place You cannot help but be awed by the whole of it - religious or not - definitely worth a visit. Great views, beautiful... read more

Reviewed 5 August 2016
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Vancouver, Canada
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14 reviews
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Reviewed 5 August 2016 via mobile

Went to visit on a whim.... It is such a glorious place You cannot help but be awed by the whole of it - religious or not - definitely worth a visit. Great views, beautiful gardens, the oratory, the organ, the museum, the history .... Would do again..... Even my boys found the grandness of the place inspiring - I... More 

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San Antonio, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 August 2016

Not nearly as beautiful as the Basilica Notre Dame, St. Joseph's makes up for it with the view. Although there are a lot of steps to reach the main entry, there is an escalator once inside. They are starting renovations so that the public can climb the huge dome in the future. Additionally, there are gardens (uphill) and a gift... More 

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Maidstone, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 August 2016 via mobile

There is a shuttle bus that will take you to the top of the hill if you do not want to walk up the stairs. My favorite parts there the chapel with 10000 candles and the main basilica. There are 3 gift shops in the basilica.

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Reviewed 4 August 2016 via mobile

St Joseph's even for the non-religious, like myself, is a place to see. It is so grand and majestic. I would recommend it to anyone who is interested in history, religion or architecture. Oh yeah, and the view from the oratory is just gorgeous

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Toronto, ON
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 August 2016 via mobile

Great view looking down and wished we were told that there are elevators and escalators ahead of time instead of killing our knees , walked up all the stairs then we saw the elevator signs.

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Calgary, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 August 2016

Brother Andre and St. Joseph's Oratory of Mount Royal tell the story of a man faithful to God and telling all he met about God. Many were healed there and their crutches are all over the Oratory left behind as they walked away healed. Another historic and beautiful example of architecture.

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Montreal, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 August 2016

This place is a very important religious institution in Montreal, Quebec and the world. It is not downtown, but worth the metro-ride. A exhibition will tell the story of the Oratory. The Crypt is unique in its genre. The hall filled with candles is breathtaking. The basilica has a more modern architecture style to it, and if you are lucky... More 

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Montreal, Canada
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Reviewed 2 August 2016

Let our guests visited the Oratory and went through the side entrance. Easy access for a guest that required a cane. It was an impressive architectural building and peaceful.

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New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 163 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 August 2016

While not exactly in downtown or old Montreal, you can still get here relatively easily as the Metro will take you close enough for a twenty minute walk or so, or you can simply take the bus the rest of the way, or even drive as there is parking. Once here, it can be a little tricky to decide where... More 

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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Reviewed 1 August 2016

Montreal is very secular and most of their churches have been re-purposed for business of commercial use so the Oratory was a nice change to all that. The votive crypt and the views were wonderful. It was a nice pilgrimage stop.

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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.
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