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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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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 5 days ago

This is usually a must-see because of the imposing structure and sense of history. The main sanctuary itselfis rather cold & austere, but the museum, chapels and climb that culminates in a great view make this worthwhile

Reviewed 6 days ago

even if you dont make it inside, definitely worth going up to it to enjoy the views from the belvedere

Thank Danail D
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is, by far, the most impressive religious monument in Montreal. On a scale at par with the biggest churches in the world, this one is devoid of all the history such locale usually hold. This is simply a fantastic place, especially if you happen...More

Thank Luc A
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It's a bit far from the city center, though it's sizable and quite artistic in the inside. It's is close to a train station and bus station (which you could take a bus to transfer to one of the lookouts in mount royal), so it...More

Thank Yan Ki C
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A must see. It is a beautiful visit, a wonderful church with places to see outside and inside. Was covered with snow, even more beautiful.

Thank Mariana F
Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and i are not going to church at all, but once a month or two we love to go there, one of our favorite landmark around Montreal

Thank YULTravellers
Reviewed 1 week ago

Spent a bit of time walking around the church and all of the exhibits they have on display. It is quite a large church! I was surprised how few people they can seat though, I think the Notre-Dame Basilica holds more even though it is...More

Thank trvlbug99
Reviewed 1 week ago

The building from the outside is very impressive. But the interior looks more ascetic style inside than one would expect of a Catholic church. Great for religious believers walks, architecture lovers and religious believers. This is one of the places you should not miss if...More

Thank Andrey N
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went close to Christmas so were treted to nice Chritmas music during our visit. Some childrens’ choirs were rehersing and we were allowed to stay and listen.

Thank klodio
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a terrific place to visit.You can spend the whole day or might even consider visiting more than 1 day. So much to see inside and outside! Lovely view and place for reflection. One can even enjoy their religious services. Conveniently located via public...More

1  Thank Annie K
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
10 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.
8 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.