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“A Multiple-level cathedral on the backside of Mont-Royal”

St. Joseph's Oratory of Mount Royal
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Owner description: Saint Joseph's Oratory of Mount-Royal is the largest shrine dedicated to Saint Joseph in the world. You must come visit our treasures like the votive chapel containing 10,000 lights and votive candles, our marvelous museum with a permanent exhibit of hundreds of creches from around the world, the Chapel of Brother Andre built in 1904, the heart of Brother Andre, our spectacular gardens containing the Way of Cross, the Crypt Church and the majestic Basilica.
Reviewed 1 September 2014

Built on the crest of Mont Royal, this multi-level cathedral has much to offer. At the foot of the cathedral is a beautiful garden. You can catch a bus (donation) that will take you to a level where you can get an elevator or escalator to the other levels. The first level has many candle areas and a chapel. On about the 3 rd level is an outdoor terrace that overlooks the north side of Montreal. Not to be missed are the gardens that begin at this level and go up a hill. At about the 5th level is a museum that charges a few dollars. Had items on the building of the cathedral, nativity displays from all over the world and life size scenes from the Bible. The main sanctuary is quite modern, especially considering when it was built. Outside is a small chapel where St. Joseph lived and prayed. We went by metro on the blue line - only a few blocks from metro to the Oratory.

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Reviewed 31 August 2014

Not much to add here that other reviewers haven't said, except that I give it 2 thumbs up. Wasn't certain what to expect as I climbed what seemed to be thousands of stairs leading to all levels of the Oratory. Staff both at the street entrance as well as the visitors booth near the Crypt Church were all extremely helpful with handing out maps, brochures and pamphlets of all that was offered. They gave easy to follow, explicit directions so that it was a breeze to make our way from one area to another. You'll find a little bit of everything here with charts, photos, displays and artifacts telling the history of Brother Andre, the church and oratory. There are places for solitude and worship, as well as breathtaking views of the city from the several terraces. Don't miss the Way of the Cross Garden, a lovely walk that is quiet and reverent. There are plenty of places to sit and rest, easily accessible washrooms and simple snacks and refreshments for purchase. Plan on a couple of hours to see all there is here.

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Reviewed 30 August 2014

The St. Joseph's Oratory was a stop on our city bus tour. We decided to hop off and explore. The children in our group thought climbing all the steps to the top would be just the thing to do. We did! Hint for those not inclined to take the outdoor steps, there is an escalator indoors. We admired the church, in particular the stain glass windows. And the views of Montreal and the Laurentian Mountains from the terrace up top were remarkable. We were glad we made the climb!

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Reviewed 30 August 2014

This "oratory" is exactly as presented, all about prayers. The outdoor stations of the cross are beautifully executed and invite prayer and reflection. The lower level of the building has altars to St. Joseph's many attributes and thousands of crutches and canes from those healed by their visits here. The chapel there is filled with those praying at all times. There is a beautiful bronze of St. Joseph above the altar. Built in the early 20th century, it is Canada's largest church. The formal gardens on Chemin Queen Mary contain the stairs up to the church where some people pray on every step on the way up. In the upper chapel, the walls contain great bronze (?) doors and scriptures about the door designs as well as scenes from the childhood of Jesus. Another tiny chapel on the property was the home of Fr. Andre with his tiny room above and many plaques thanking God for healing. I recommend this location to those who wish to contemplate God's gifts to us and to pray for hope and healing.

Thank Wendy L
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Reviewed 29 August 2014

A church that has everything. Magnificent, grand and very interesting. So huge. A great place to view the city and the college of Notre Dame is just across. Complete with rapms and elevators. This church is so rich and well supported.

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