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Reviewed 11 November 2018

The grounds on the approach to the Oratory were well kept even though we were there in October. The Oratory itself is a fabulous piece of architecture. Climbing the steps to see the view was well worth the effort. Unfortunately we didn't have time to go inside.

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 10 November 2018

The location on the hill side and the huge size of the basilica makes it a monumental building well worth visiting. If you can afford it to get there twice it's a good idea to have a daylight and an evening visit, because the views are beautiful and very different for the two cases. Generally, I'm not the church or basilica fan, few of them can actually make me say "wow", but this is one of them for sure.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank EndreKemenes
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Reviewed 8 November 2018 via mobile

On first viewing this fantastic building, I just said Wow!
This is a stunning Basilica set on the hillside, it is a standout attraction in Montreal, there are a few too many steps to climb to get to main building, but if your up for it, it’s well worth the effort, I believe on the other hand you can get transported up to the top, this basilica is on the hop on hop off route.

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 7 November 2018

Often referred to as the big church up on the hill, this was my first visit and I was impressed at the accessibility to it and the limited crowds. I was able to park on the upper level near the entrance - this was early October by the way, and highly recommend this time of year because there wasn't much of a crowd and you could enjoy the foundation quite pleasantly.

The crypt, the altar and the grounds are all well-kept. A few areas don't allow cameras which makes sense because it is hallowed grounds but there are many places to snap great pics.

There is also a parking area at the foot of the Oratory so you can take the walk up towards it - it is uphill so be forewarned. Again, the parking towards the top was decently free so I parked there.

You could visit this place over and over and find much tranquility. If you are a Catholic church-goer this would be great for weekly mass.

There is also a small cafeteria for light meals and drinks. The gift shops are plentiful.

I highly recommend the visit - there is a sense of majesty and peace there.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Bautista777
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Reviewed 7 November 2018

This is a breath-taking basilica. It's open to the public for free and provides a quiet place for reflection if you're in need. It also has a fantastic lookout point.

Date of experience: October 2018
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