Saint Joseph's Oratory of Mount Royal, Montreal

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Known for its giant dome, Saint Joseph's Oratory of Mount Royal represents one of the world's most significant churches dedicated to St. Joseph, drawing over 2 million worshipers every year. The massive cathedral features a votive chapel with approximately 10,000 lights and candles. Completed in 1967, this pilgrimage site displays the heart of Brother Andre, who reportedly performed various miracles and possessed healing powers. Religious visitors come to see the relic, climbing 300 wooden stairs on their knees to reach the oratory. Casual tourists can walk up the stone steps or board a shuttle bus at the base of Mount Royal. Put Saint Joseph's Oratory of Mount Royal on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Montreal trip maker app.
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  • Visited online site beforehand; no mention of upended gardens and stairs, entire frontage blocked off. Pedestrian access along slope is, in sections, at a steep gradient. Shuttle available between... 
    Visited online site beforehand; no mention of upended gardens and stairs, entire frontage blocked off. Pedestrian access along slope is, in sections, at a steep gradient. Shuttle available between...  more »
  • You can take a tram to the top if you are without a car, but our Uber driver asked the parking attendant at the bottom if he could drive us up to the top. He said yes, so we were dropped off at the... 
    You can take a tram to the top if you are without a car, but our Uber driver asked the parking attendant at the bottom if he could drive us up to the top. He said yes, so we were dropped off at the...  more »
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  • This is wonderful modern architecture on a grand scale. There is a wonderful view and gardens. We did not stay as long as we would have liked due to time but were impressed. You can drive up to the top and walk through. The front steps were not there due to renovations but the platforms were there.
  • Beautiful church! The church has a lot of stairs and is on a hill, but they have an accessible environment, with elevators and assistance if needed with spaces reserved for holders of disabled parking stickers. Magnificent view from the top. Must see if you haven’t been up there already. There is a lot to see and do at the church; events are listed online. There’s a gift shop and a coffee shop. Mass is held daily and quite often on two different floors.

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