Saint Joseph's Oratory of Mount Royal, Montreal

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Known for its giant dome, Saint Joseph's Oratory of Mount Royal represents one of the world's most significant churches dedicated to St. Joseph, drawing over 2 million worshipers every year. The massive cathedral features a votive chapel with approximately 10,000 lights and candles. Completed in 1967, this pilgrimage site displays the heart of Brother Andre, who reportedly performed various miracles and possessed healing powers. Religious visitors come to see the relic, climbing 300 wooden stairs on their knees to reach the oratory. Casual tourists can walk up the stone steps or board a shuttle bus at the base of Mount Royal. Put Saint Joseph's Oratory of Mount Royal on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Montreal trip maker app.
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  • This is a stunning church for lovers of Art Deco architecture, It is simple, almost austere inside, with wonderful elongated carvings and sculptures. Highly recommended. 
    This is a stunning church for lovers of Art Deco architecture, It is simple, almost austere inside, with wonderful elongated carvings and sculptures. Highly recommended.  more »
  • There is construction building a new visitors welcome center. However access to drive to the top parking lot is unencumbered. The church itself is showing it's 1960s age and could use some sprucing....  more
    There is construction building a new visitors welcome center. However access to drive to the top parking lot is unencumbered. The church itself is showing it's 1960s age and could use some sprucing....  more »
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  • To see a beautiful Montreal sunset, you definitely need to head to the Oratory! Go a bit sooner so you can check out the beautiful interior.. then head outside and sit on the steps and enjoy the magic! Bring snacks and a blanket it can get chilly fast!
  • Located in the heart of the city Montreal, founded by Saint Brother André, this huge church is a Catholic shrine dedicated to Saint Joseph, father of Jesus, a place of expression of faith, prayer, healing and peace. There is elevator to lift visitors to the top floor, where a huge hall for mass centered by wooden sculpture display of Jesus dying, a solemn place people can sit, pray and reflect. A outdoor path climb up to the outside top of the building, where a reflection pool sits, along the way up, there are sculptures telling stories about Jesus. There is platform outside the church overlooking the city, beautiful view. A must see place in Montreal.

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