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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  • It's an impressive building and on the horizon from many neighborhoods in the city. Some grand church architecture and some very devout and weird pilgrims. 
    It's an impressive building and on the horizon from many neighborhoods in the city. Some grand church architecture and some very devout and weird pilgrims.  more »
  • We were here on a weekday in the afternoon. The building is beautiful. Parking was only $5 (much less than anywhere else we went in Montreal). There was a lot of construction going on all around... 
    We were here on a weekday in the afternoon. The building is beautiful. Parking was only $5 (much less than anywhere else we went in Montreal). There was a lot of construction going on all around...  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 majestic church was one of the highlights of our visit to Mont Royal. It's interior is much more modern looking than other basilicas, and it's newer of course, but no less beautiful or grand. There's lots to see, different rooms and sanctums on different levels, each with its own character and story. Spend $2 and get the guide. And be sure to light a candle in the gorgeous Votive Chapel.

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