Saint Joseph's Oratory of Mount Royal

Saint Joseph's Oratory of Mount Royal, Montreal: Hours, Address, Saint Joseph's Oratory of Mount Royal Reviews: 4.5/5

Saint Joseph's Oratory of Mount Royal

Saint Joseph's Oratory of Mount Royal
4.5
Religious Sites • Churches & Cathedrals
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.
Suggested duration
2-3 hours
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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
Popular mentions

4.5
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332
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Lyncroft
Quebec266 contributions
Imposing church
Jun. 2021
Right now, they are redoing the stairs outside. A special shuttle is offered to go up the hill instead. The chapel has very nice stained windows. The garden offers cold shade. Good views of Montreal from the terrasse.
Written July 19, 2021
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Ethan
Montreal, Canada21 contributions
Beautiful Oratory
Jul. 2020
The inside of the building is extremely beautiful. There are also many concerts that take place in here from time to time
Written April 23, 2021
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Reza Sattarzadeh
Muscat, Oman2,066 contributions
Special structure
Jul. 2020 • Solo
The entire complex of the oratory is huge to explore. Many people come here just to walk up and down the stairs which can be a very good exercise.

The building has a magnificent façade just to look from afar, and would definitely be interesting to go inside as well. Because of the restrictions, I could only admire the beat of the oratory and it's intricate architecture.
Written January 2, 2021
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Jae L
Long Island, NY5,390 contributions
Magnificent Basilica Atop a Hill Near Mount Royal Summit: A National Historic Site of Canada
Oct. 2019
Since the Oratory was undergoing major restoration works until 2022, the main “99 Step Staircase”, through which devout Catholics used to climb on their knees, was closed. Instead, we walked up countless concrete steps from the top of the driveway to reach the observation area with a great view of the city. Upon entering the building from the observation area, we passed the gift shop and went up to the Basilica via the up-escalator. When we entered the Basilica, we were pleasantly surprised at the sight of the simple and yet elegant sanctuary with a crucifix of Jesus and pretty stained glass windows behind the high altar. After admiring the contemporary style Basilica, we returned to the gift shop area, and took a different escalator form there to the bottom level where Votive Chapel and Crypt Church were located. Votive Chapel was awesome with St. Joseph’s statue standing like a lamp stand with countless votive candles surrounding him. The nearby Rock of Mount Royal Shrine with a statue of St. Mary was impressive. Above all, the Crypt Church, with marble statue of Saint Joseph standing behind the altar, was surprisingly elegant and inspiring. The beautiful stained glass windows and the colorful pipe organ enhanced the elegance of the Church. After admiring these facilities, we returned to the giftshop area and the observation area outside. We then walked down the staircase to the ground level. The Oratory was amazing and inspiring, and it is a must visit landmark.
Written September 28, 2020
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pandou
Montreal, Canada57 contributions
Reopened in july
Aug. 2020 • Solo
Such a great church to go
The whole place is nice
The gardens are great and many masses are scheduled every day

Written August 28, 2020
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Matthew A
Toronto, Canada112 contributions
It’s alright. A must visit if you haven’t been
Aug. 2020 • Family
We have been before and nothing was new other than young people smoking weed in the parking lot and the donation stands that allow tap with credit cards. The place is being renovated as well.
Written August 20, 2020
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Johanne
10 contributions
The miracle place
Jul. 2020
I make a trip atleast once a year alone or with friends. My mother took me there the first time at the age of 4 to help heal my weak heart. She made me go up the stairs with er on my knees while we prayed.
Written August 7, 2020
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Resort669347
United States10 contributions
A Breathtaking Bird's Eye View of Montreal
Aug. 2019
We took the train and walked to the Oratorio. It is a grand building that is awe inspiring. The views are amazing and definitely bring a good camera. We stayed for a service and enjoyed the wonderful music and acoustics. There are stairs to climb but they are worth it! We have been there in the summer and also in Midwinter and loved both! On the way out, we stopped at "Duc de Lorraine" bakery for a delicious lunch, pastry, and cappuccino. Great day!
Written May 25, 2020
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DANIEL
Boston, MA6 contributions
The best museum and view
Aug. 2019
pro:
loved the view amazing museum type of church with comfortable
con:To much stairs to climb and steep
Written May 6, 2020
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Ishan Soodan
Montreal, Canada14 contributions
Marvelous Architecture and a Gem in the Heart of Montreal
Mar. 2020
The Oratory has been constructed in a beautiful way and the facility has been maintained in an elite way at the same time. It is full of peace and energy.
Written March 8, 2020
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