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Saint Joseph's Oratory of Mount Royal
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Museum of Saint Joseph's Oratory of Mount Royal
Ranked #4 of 421 things to do in Montreal
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 6 April 2012

I went there for a visit and it's actually a great place to have a nice view of the city.

Very fun and worth bringing some tourist to show this marvelous attraction!

Make sure to drop some penny for luck!

Cheers,

Eric Van Nguyen

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Reviewed 5 April 2012

Even if you are not "into" religion, this is a must see in Montreal. To find a basilica that is larger you will have to travel to Vatican City! The grounds are wonderfully kept, and a shuttle is available for those who would have trouble with the long climb up the stairs. If you are Catholic you can attend the Masses in English and French, and confessions are bilingual. If you would like to remember someone you can light a candle amid all the abandoned crutches hanging on the walls. A few dollars will buy you a guide book that will give you a self guided tour of the Oratory, and if this is your first time here I recommend that you do that. To see it all will require up to a half day. Lots of parking and easily accessable via a short walk from the metro station. Be advised that even though there is a shuttle, there is considerable walking involved and a moderate slope if you want to tour some of the grounds. The Stations of the Cross are outside and each is a sculpture. However, they are only available for viewing during the warmer months. Be sure to read about Brother André who was canonized in 2011. If you have a choice visit St. Joseph's when the flowers are in bloom. Absolutely beautiful!

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Reviewed 3 April 2012

Oversees the city from a mountain top is always amazing

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Reviewed 1 April 2012

But the inside, though massive and striking was cold, contemporary, concrete with screens that reminded me more of a close up view of barbed wire than anything religiously positive. Take a look at it from a distance and then drive on by. Not worth a stop in my opinion.

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Reviewed 1 April 2012

It was our last day, we had a 6 hour ride home, we visited Mont Royal and were preparing for the return drive, but decided at the last minute to stop by the Oratory. It is MASSIVE! I found it to be the most impressive of the religious sites we visited in Montreal. Be prepared for a climb, I counted 104 steps to the entry level from the ground (there are shuttles available). Then there are more steps to the observation deck, we opted for the escalator. Some of the interior has been preserved and other parts have been modernized, but it is such a large structure, that in order to be utilized, it would have to be updated. There was a commencement ceremony taking place while we were there, which I thought was really neat.

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