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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  • Second largest RC church in the world after the Vatican ... there is even an escalator! Lots of steps up the hill so take a shuttle unless you are an athlete. 
    Second largest RC church in the world after the Vatican ... there is even an escalator! Lots of steps up the hill so take a shuttle unless you are an athlete.  more »
  • took some photos of this building and they looked so much like the taj mahal that i didnt even realize it at the time. a cool piece of canadian architecture for sure. 
    took some photos of this building and they looked so much like the taj mahal that i didnt even realize it at the time. a cool piece of canadian architecture for sure.  more »
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  • It's really a great place. Everyone should visit it once. Awesome landscape view in every weather. The crypt is really beautiful and very peaceful. The whole vibe is amazing. Although I am not Christian but the whole experience of lightening the candle in the crypt and praying was out of the world.
  • This is wonderful modern architecture on a grand scale. There is a wonderful view and gardens. We did not stay as long as we would have liked due to time but were impressed. You can drive up to the top and walk through. The front steps were not there due to renovations but the platforms were there.

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