Saint Joseph's Oratory of Mount Royal

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Saint Joseph's Oratory of Mount Royal

Saint Joseph's Oratory of Mount Royal
4.5
Religious Sites • Churches & Cathedrals
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6:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Monday
6:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Tuesday
6:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Wednesday
6:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Thursday
6:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Friday
6:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Saturday
6:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Sunday
6:00 AM - 9:00 PM
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About
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. It receives over 2 million visitors yearly. 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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Neighbourhood: 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 competitors to the pitches of Jeanne-Mance Park for tennis, soccer, football, baseball, volleyball, or a dip in the community pool. A perfect spot for a stroll or a picnic, the forest foliage is dotted with sculpture art and offers views of some of Mont-Royal's oldest edifices, the towering St. Joseph's Oratory and the mausoleums of Notre-Dame-des-Neiges. Home to musical celebrations and twilight snowshoeing alike, visit here to walk, write, rest, think, or just be.
How to get there
  • Côte-des-Neiges • 9 min walk
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sharrongeg
Henderson, NV2,799 contributions
Super happy it was not blazing hot the day we decided to walk up to the Oratory. Quite the hike. Yes there is a small bus type shutter that you can ride for free, but we were up for the walk (or lat least we thought we were)

Main building has huge starkly modern cathedral on the top floor and an more intiamate sanctuary below. Signage almost non-existant, and it really would have helped. Had to ask a janitor how to get down to the crypt.

We did appreciate the free entry. Brochure in English very informative.
Written August 10, 2022
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Jim K
West Chester, OH9 contributions
Definitely worth a visit, although the extensive construction currently in progress makes it a bit less peaceful and picturesque. There is a shuttle that takes you from the street entrance on Queen Mary Rd up to the building entrance.

The history of Brother André and the Oratory is interesting, and the building is beautiful inside and out. The basilica may not exhibit the highly ornate, classical style of older cathedrals, but it has a modern beauty all its own.

Nice views of the city from the deck outside the basilica -- it might not be apparent from some photos, but you're pretty high up.
Written July 10, 2022
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NatalieA00
Keller, TX30 contributions
We had to take a little bus instead of hiking up the famous steps but it was still great. We enjoyed the outdoors garden (chemin de croix) since we'd somehow had never found it before
Written July 10, 2022
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Lisa S
Casselberry, FL119 contributions
My husband found this and we were both very glad we went! Amazing story of Fr. Andre Bissette and St Joseph’s Oratory! Once I saw the museum displays I remembered reading about it years ago. Not to be missed!
Written July 6, 2022
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hammonl
Chattanooga, TN237 contributions
I was with a travel group from the US and we had a local tour guide. We were only able to see the outside due to the construction but the guide provided the history so we could appreciate the importance. It's beautiful.
Written July 4, 2022
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Brian T
650 contributions
Couples
After all the favorable reviews, we decided to go here instead of the Botanical Gardens, mistake. Grant it, it is a very large church, but it has no architectural style of interest. It is unattractive. At No fault to the church, there is a lot of construction so the views from the steps are of cranes and construction work.
Written June 26, 2022
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Tina H
Kannapolis, NC94 contributions
Family
This church is amazing. If you get there near time for mass, you can hear the most amazing pipe organ, played expertly!! What a great visit
Written June 16, 2022
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Pritchp
Bedford, UK237 contributions
We were looking forward to our visit but were disappointed. So much construction work taking place. Surprised by how modern the interior is. We thought it felt cold and unwelcoming. Very confusing building.
Written June 12, 2022
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LunaLove
London, Canada1,045 contributions
Couples
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.
Written May 21, 2022
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robjustrob
Lethbridge, Canada1,792 contributions
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.
Written May 16, 2022
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