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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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Museum of Saint Joseph's Oratory of Mount Royal
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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 14 October 2016

Fabulous view of the city from here. The sight of so many candles in one of the chapels is undescribable. Spent a surprising amount of time here having disembarked the hop on hop off bus. Just so much to see, the chapels are beautiful.

Thank Maggie7891
Reviewed 14 October 2016

You do have to pay to park. The steps are many but some people will go on a pilgrimage and climb the steps on their knees. There are a lot of steps.

Thank yellowbirdVermont
Reviewed 14 October 2016

We visited here as part of our Gray Line tour (outside only) and were amazed at the beauty. Wonderful story behind this site.

Thank dc1836
Reviewed 13 October 2016

It is definitely worth going to have a look but unless you are extremely fit it is a long way to climb to get to the actual church, 300 steps I Believe!

Thank Sandra R
Reviewed 13 October 2016

We found that the best way to get to the Oratory from Old Montreal was to use the hop on/off double-deck bus. Allow some time to appreciate the architecture and majesty of St. Joseph's. Once inside there are elevators to assist in navigation, but you...More

Thank Disneybus
Reviewed 12 October 2016

One of the most peaceful places I have ever been to. In addition to the beauty of St. Joseph's Oratory, learning about the life of St. Brother Andre is an inspiring experience. A man of slight means and stature, he accomplished great things through his...More

Thank scrapbookmarie
Reviewed 11 October 2016

One of the most famous attractions in Montreal - easily reached by transit. Shuttle bus can be taken on grounds to reach entrance. Very nice church for prayer, souvenir shop, and candles can be lit at various prayer locations.

1  Thank prooferCanada
Reviewed 11 October 2016

A stunning place with great history. You have to have good legs to make it up the stairs. The exhibition with the Saints heart was very interesting.

Thank JOHN M
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Reviewed 11 October 2016 via mobile

We took the steps and I almost met my creator because I was that close to death!! The hike up the million plus stairs was totally worth it. Once I caught my breath I almost cried. This was a very emotional tour even though I'm...More

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 10 October 2016

I recommend taking a stroll along summit circle to view the fancy houses and walk the trails between them. From there it is about a 20 minute walk to St. Joseph's back entrance. The grounds are full of garden areas, and not sure how often,...More

1  Thank Canadianswhotravel16
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
9 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.
7 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.