Saint Joseph's Oratory of Mount Royal

Saint Joseph's Oratory of Mount Royal

Saint Joseph's Oratory of Mount Royal
4.5
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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
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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See what travellers are saying
  • aspoe093
    Pierre, South Dakota688 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Cool Church
    This was our last stop in Montreal and was a great visit. Just the size alone is awe-inspiring. Also, some of the views are great. There is a shuttle to get you to the top and probably well worth it as the walk is up a hill. The church itself was nice and there were plenty to look at on each level.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written June 30, 2023
  • ArtsyGalBaltimore
    847 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Moving Experience at Saint Joseph's Oratory
    Well worth a visit to the largest shrine dedicated to St. Joseph with early 4:30 closure. Parking affected by construction but we parked on the street for free (varies by weekday). Multi-level structure from sublime to pedestrian (passageways). Small museum with nativity scenes from throughout the world, interesting at $3C. Basilica and Crypt amazing with ample opportunity to light votive candles. Invested in a $3C guidebook at entrance and well worth it. Large gift shop. Visit multi-cultural experience with a wide range of visitors. Main alter quite beautiful.
    Visited June 2023
    Written July 1, 2023
  • Brendan S
    Arlington, Virginia2,048 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Important shrine
    There are some cathedrals that are architecturally interesting and worth visiting even for people who aren’t Christian/Catholic. The Oratory isn’t one of them. It’s a devotional site. While the Basilica looks traditional on the outside, the interior is a type of religious brutalism; cold, angular, and sterile. The property on the whole is dated, with leaky, faded lobby and cafeteria areas leading into the basilica. A huge ongoing construction project is unsightly but will hopefully improve the aesthetics once complete. Setting these issues aside, it is a very spiritual place. In addition to the Basilica, there is a crypt with shrine to St Joseph and thousands of votive candles and crypt church, a museum, and an overlook of suburban Montreal (not very impressive). I especially enjoyed a stations of the cross walk through the garden with monumental sculptures at each station, culminating in a resurrection fountain.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written July 2, 2023
  • emmafox0998
    Madrid, Spain1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful experience
    Beautiful experience while visiting the oratory, a very special place. The views of the city are stunning and so is the garden which is important to advise you’ll have to walk up to admire. A lot of details that will take your breath away
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written July 3, 2023
  • Dominika K
    Guelph, Canada143 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful sight! Worth visiting!
    We have been to Montreal many times and never had a chance to visit till now. Worth the visit, absolutely beautiful. Our youngest is a wheelchair user and it was very wheelchair accessible, it was easy to get around. Everyone was very friendly. We were also very lucky to get a blessing from a priest for our family on one of the lowest floors they provide blessings and counselling for anyone who like to receive them. Parking was $ 5.00 and one minute walk to the door, plenty of wheelchair accessible parking.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written July 20, 2023
  • AndyBaha
    42 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very impressive
    We walked to here from Mont Royal. It is a long trek made a bit longer by the building works. But so glad we made the effort. The whole site is very impressive. The Basilica is a complete contrast to Notre Dame in that it has a modern feel, but scale of building leaves a lasting impression. The other parts of the building were interesting as well
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written October 7, 2023
  • SonnySY
    Vancouver, Canada33 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Peaceful place to meditate
    Beautiful solemn place not to be missed while in Montreal. There at least 5 floors to explore inside the premises plus breathtaking view outside the oratory. Lots of people hang out to view the fantastic sunset
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written October 9, 2023
  • TheMahdi
    Boracay, Philippines248 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Historical Place to Visit
    It's a beautiful and historical place and has a good terrace for photo taking asside from the different parts to visit inside. I think it was the largeat basilica i saw in Montreal. And has different levels and make sure to visit all of them since you are already there. The interior design of the main chapel was simpler than what i expected (comparing to ther churches and basilicas in Montreal but its minimal design still is beautiful. I believe in summer it has a better garden view and in summer usually they do the necessary repairs. Yoi have access through bus and after the main entrance wgich is the Parking gate you shall wait for the Shuttle to bring you up to the 5th level of basilica where the main entrance and exit is located. Remember my review is in Dec and winter season. I believe this changes in summer.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written December 17, 2023
  • Dale S
    Newmarket, Canada17 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Peaceful, inspiring and beautiful
    This was my first time visiting Saint Joseph's Oratory of Mount Royal and we were in awe of the immensity of the building, its' timeless history and pristine architecture. And, the views at the top were splendid. It is a large and impressive shrine dedicated to St. Joseph and founded by Saint Brother Andre with so much to see and learn. We found the Basilica and Crypt to be incredible with ample opportunity to light votive candles in quiet surroundings. It is a place of great faith, peacefulness and faith.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written April 28, 2024
  • Christina B
    Louisiana6,198 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Visited while on a Tour
    Massive in size is an understatement. So many levels to see. We were able to see a number of areas. The church, the statues, the history, the hall of candles for pray.. the tomb. The inner rock wall as well as the original church. Glad we had a chance to visit here. Beautiful place and worth a visit if you are visiting Montreal.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written May 13, 2024
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Travel_Expert
San Antonio, TX52 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
Beautiful oratory and easily accessible using buses. There are a lot of steps to the top, so I recommend just taking pictures from the bottom.
Written June 18, 2024
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Keith K
Alton, UK241 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Solo
When in Montreal a visit to Canada's largest Church, Saint Joseph's Oratory is a must, just to see the size of it, perched on a hill and built in the Italian Renaissance style, everything is on a grand scale from the 3 escalators once you get inside the building to get to the main church to it's capacity to hold 2400 people seated, the Dome at 100 meters is the third largest in the world. Nearest metro station is Snowdon, a 17 min walk from the oratory.
Written June 8, 2024
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Wilma A
Northern California, CA65 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
I am glad i was able to see this place. It's amazingly beautiful and a great experience. Facing the building entrance view, left side of the church is the "Station of the Cross Garden".” the balcony leading from the main church entrance is quite a beautiful view on Montreal. Also, has a historical museum of Brother Adrea Bessett and the St Joseph Oratory.
Written May 21, 2024
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IAN D
Wigan, UK25,776 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
This Oratory is gigantic, the crypt is bigger than many churches i have visited. This is the only church i have been in with escalators to reach the main chapel. It is a very calming place and so much to see. We loved the windows and also the outside viewing platform. A must when visiting Montreal
Written May 14, 2024
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Christina B
Louisiana6,198 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Massive in size is an understatement. So many levels to see. We were able to see a number of areas. The church, the statues, the history, the hall of candles for pray.. the tomb. The inner rock wall as well as the original church. Glad we had a chance to visit here. Beautiful place and worth a visit if you are visiting Montreal.
Written May 13, 2024
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Scott S
Othis, France5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
Great ambiance and better food. Char with caviar, pork schnitzel with grainy mustard sauce, creamy mushroom toast with arugula, peach cobbler.
Written May 4, 2024
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Dale S
Newmarket, Canada17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
This was my first time visiting Saint Joseph's Oratory of Mount Royal and we were in awe of the immensity of the building, its' timeless history and pristine architecture. And, the views at the top were splendid. It is a large and impressive shrine dedicated to St. Joseph and founded by Saint Brother Andre with so much to see and learn. We found the Basilica and Crypt to be incredible with ample opportunity to light votive candles in quiet surroundings. It is a place of great faith, peacefulness and faith.
Written April 28, 2024
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Travel25346533585
893 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
Saint Joseph's Oratory is worth the Climb to the Top. of Mount Royal.. We have visited before and it's beauty is timeless.
Written April 8, 2024
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TheMahdi
Boracay, Philippines248 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
It's a beautiful and historical place and has a good terrace for photo taking asside from the different parts to visit inside.

I think it was the largeat basilica i saw in Montreal. And has different levels and make sure to visit all of them since you are already there.

The interior design of the main chapel was simpler than what i expected (comparing to ther churches and basilicas in Montreal but its minimal design still is beautiful.

I believe in summer it has a better garden view and in summer usually they do the necessary repairs.

Yoi have access through bus and after the main entrance wgich is the Parking gate you shall wait for the Shuttle to bring you up to the 5th level of basilica where the main entrance and exit is located.

Remember my review is in Dec and winter season. I believe this changes in summer.
Written December 17, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

wibu
sf53 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
view is better from Kondiaronk Belvedere.
visit if you are a devout catholic.
as a tourist attraction it's not that interesting.
Written November 16, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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