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“reat architecture and views”

St. Joseph's Oratory of Mount Royal
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Ranked #4 of 393 things to do in Montreal
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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.
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“reat architecture and views”
Reviewed 25 February 2012

LLcated on the northern slope of ount oyal the Oratory is indeed a must see in Montreal. f or no other reason than just to take in it's massive size and amazing architecture. And ccan participate in or just watch the religios pilgrims climbing the hundreds of stairs on their knees.

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“Beautiful exterior and long steps, lovely view.”
Reviewed 25 February 2012

This national shrine is certainly one of Montreal's most famous landmarks. It is a beautiful building outside and visible from all over Montreal as it sits on its hill and then is perched above many stairs. For this reason it can be difficult for people who have trouble climbing stairs, although you can drive up relatively close (though you can't park up there) and then enter through a basement area and take an elevator. Once inside there are escalators to take you up even further (and elevators). During Lent you might notice people crawling (literally) on the center stairs as they penitently make their way up to a church service while praying.
The view from the balconies outside are amazing, it is definitely worth it to go up there just to see Montreal from that height. One of the things you'll be able to see is the giant "Orange" by Namur metro station: it's an orange julep fast food place, also worth visiting, and funny to see from that height.
The interior is very interesting, although personally I found it cold and somewhat austere. There is an incredibly massive chandelier, and some beautiful stained glass. But you will notice that it is relatively modern looking, having been completed only in 1967.
Another fascinating feature is that Brother Andre's heart is stored in the reliquary, it is attributed to have healed people, as he did when he was alive (and founded St. Joseph as a chapel in the early 1900's). Over 2 million or so pilgrims come to visit the relic every year.
This basilica has great meaning and beauty for non-religious and religious people alike, it is certainly worth a visit if you are in Montreal for more than a day or so.

Visited February 2012
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“Worth the trip!”
Reviewed 24 February 2012

This is a Montreal landmark! My girls call it God's house! We try to go at least once per year! It is a nice part of history!

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“Sobering Experience”
Reviewed 22 February 2012

Quiet drama in stone. Great location & story. Long walk up stairs difficult for some

Visited March 2011
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“Go in the evening for great night time view of the city.”
Reviewed 21 February 2012

This is a beautiful church with an interesting history and a spectacular view of Montreal! You don't have to be Catholic or religious to appreciate the history and beauty of the building. I would not suggest bringing children (unless of course you are Catholic and intend to worship there while visiting)
It is located near a metro stop.

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