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Saint Joseph's Oratory of Mount Royal

3800 Chemin Queen-Mary, Montreal, Quebec H3V 1H6, Canada
+1 514-733-8211
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Saint Joseph's Oratory of Mount-Royal, founded by Saint Brother André in 1904, is a catholic sanctuary and the largest shrine dedicated to Saint Joseph in the world. We welcome everyone to partake in panoramic views, music concerts and special religious celebrations; come discover natural, cultural and spiritual treasures in the heart of the city. You will marvel at the votive chapel containing 10,000 candles, the Oratory Museum featuring nativity scenes from around the world, the Original Chapel, the spectacular Garden of the Way of Cross, the Crypt Church and the largest domed Basilica in North America.
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
3800 Chemin Queen-Mary, Montreal, Quebec H3V 1H6, Canada
Parc du Mont-Royal
+1 514-733-8211
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Reviewed 2 days ago

A must see while visiting Montreal! The inside has a modern feel which was a surprise! Looking to go back during the summer to see the stairs.

Thank Greta N
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Whether it's for touristic or religiously reasons, visiting Saint Joseph Oratory is a must... Not only it's an impressive church, it's also a good place where you can sit in silence and let your thoughts take you away...

Thank Mino779
Reviewed 6 days ago

This is a religious and a nice tranquil escape from the busy city just down below. One can offer prayers and candles at one or many of the altars inside.

Thank lordwheelie
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great landmark and a satisfying visit. Multiple rooms and chapels. Some beautiful ironwork. Recommend the cavern of candles.

Thank Boru1014
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

No matter your faith your sense of peace and aw will burst through your body and mind when you enter this fantastic holy place.

1  Thank bruce t
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

They don't really advertise this little gem and we have been traveling to Montreal for years and didn't know about it. It is a bona fide cathedral size church and a very beautiful one at that. Also the story behind it is a very inspiring...More

Thank BMacBaltimore_USA
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The building is beautiful and the history and importance to the growth of Montreal as a City was very interesting. But much like Notre Dame the commercialisation of the site makes it feel a little less special.

Thank SG1Lincoln40
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Beautiful church to visit in Montreal. We visited during the week, it was fairly busy, but was told that on the weekend it is busier. Wear comfortable shoes because you will walk a lot. There is a little chapel to visit on the back, very...More

Thank letourneauannie
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Although the building is impressive from the outside and is a great photo opportunity, it was not necessarily worth it to go inside. Entry was free, but very little information was available about the oratory and signage was not very clear (where to enter, how...More

Thank Maddy A
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Oratory is huge, the whole architecture is so different from evertyhing else, everything is so sober and so tall and thick that really amazes. It has not much of those little details that any other Cathedral or Basilica has, but that is what makes...More

Thank Oscar C
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
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chris T
10 September 2017|
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Response from CapistranoBeach | Reviewed this property |
Gps led us to a place where there was no charge. I'm not sure what entrance you are referring to. We did not have a charge.
8 August 2017|
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Response from OSJMR | Property representative |
The Garden of the Way of the Cross, left of the basilica when you are facing the Oratory, takes at least 10 minutes to walk at a brisk pace, is filled with magnificient statues and a bassin with fountain at the top, and is... More
3 July 2017|
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Response from Narv-B | Reviewed this property |
They have special set of wooden steps in the middle. I think it can be done at anytime.