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“What a let down”

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 5 August 2014

Maybe it was bc we visited this after Notre Dame but this church was disappointing. Took the hop on hop off to it & visit there was only 35 min. A tip that I did not see before going was that there is an escalator on the last leg of the stairs to the top. We went inside the gift shop building for the bathrooms and saw the escalators for the museum but once there they have another set to the Basilica which was nice on the hot day we visited. Church is pretty from the outside and worth viewing on the tour but sadly not stopping.

Thank COJOWisconsin
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OratoireStJoseph, Responsable relations clients at Saint Joseph's Oratory of Mount Royal, responded to this reviewResponded 20 August 2014

We're sorry that your visit to the Oratory was not satisfying. We hope your enjoy in Montréal. Please come again and give us another chance with a guided tour !

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Reviewed 5 August 2014

I went there with my daughter and a buddy, lots of steps to climb. A must see, great view and important history about the Catholic religion in Montreal

Thank Brian O
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Reviewed 5 August 2014

This was my 2nd second visit to the St Joseph's Oratory. In Canada, you cannot easily visit such amazing place within a big city like Montreal. This should be one of the 'cannot-miss' attractions of Montreal, whether you are religious or not. I am not religious but I can fully appreciate the spirit and tranquilly of this place. You will enjoy the history and the architecture of St Joseph's Oratory.

Thank Stephen L
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Reviewed 5 August 2014

When your in Montreal, this place is a must-go. Read up on this place before and the history and it will make it that much more amazing. A lot of stairs and walking. Also I think now you have to pay for parking or getting in, but goes to a good cause. Amazing views and gardens. Also there is a big gift shop but keeping with the religious aspect, if you cant find it, ask !!!!

Thank Jessica C
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Reviewed 5 August 2014

Not super special inside, but very impressive to see from the outside and lovely view from the top of the stairs.

Thank AussieManinMauritius
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