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Reviewed 7 September 2010

This is an amazing architectural structure! I think it is the second largest dome structure in the world and the largest structure dedicated to Saint Joseph in the world. Just a marvel.

Even a person who is not spiritual might appreciate the story of this architectural wonder's humble beginnings.... it began as a small chapel dedicated to St. Joseph and grew to it's current grandeur only out of the interest and effort of it's believers (rather than officials). In this way, it is truly a church Of, By and For the People. (the plain interior is more modern than the exterior because lack of funds delayed the completion of the interior for several decades... in fact, the wooden, mismatched pews were only recently donated. Again, a church created by the people so much that it even looks like us; mismatched, motley but somehow we all fit in here!)

Throngs of people have been coming here for years for physical healing, a spiritual lift, some solace or a breath of fresh inspiration. All that and more is still here for everyone. This is not an opulent church. With it's services to the sick and the ever present spirit of Brother Andre, this church is radiant in another way. Let the story of this church, the story of it's founder, the architecture and the Montreal views, restore and re-focus you, no matter what you believe!

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Reviewed 16 August 2010

Unless you're a devout Catholic, this site will hold no real attraction. The exterior is bombastic, and the interior architecture is modernist and undistinguished. The votive candles, collection of crutches left by those supposedly cured, and crowds of devotees will most likely strike the unbeliever as creepy. This is a deeply overrated destination, at least for religious skeptics.

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Reviewed 4 January 2010

A great place to go if you are a practicing Catholic. Mass, confessions and spiritual guidance are available all day. There are guidebooks for sale ($2.00) in English that is an arrow guide that explains everything in the Oratory. If you are a believer, a good place to go if you are seriously ill and hope to be healed. Many were supposedly healed by the founder, Brother Andre, who is very close to being canonized as a Saint by the Roman Catholic Church. His tomb/crypt is surprisingly simple. The only negative comments I have about the place was that some of the places there were closed or under construction. (the overlooking terrace with a view of the city, the gardens and Br. Andre's room above his small chapel.) Nice gift shop and cafeteria. One hour minimum to see the place.

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Reviewed 25 July 2009

Saint Joseph's Oratory is a must see. I think it should be the number 1 attraction in Montreal. I will certainly recommend it to everyone visiting Montreal. There is no admission fee; you only need to make donations as you like. It is open from 6 am to 9:30 pm. It's built on a hill top. Just a look at it from the opposite road will deeply impress you. The Oratory provides a free shuttle bus to go up hill until 9pm. Remember to buy a visitor guide for $2 at the main entrance and follow the instructions to visit the interior & the outer garden of Oratory. Once entered the Oratory, there are thousands of candles lighted up. I gave it a "Wow" there. You must also take the lift to 6/F to see the new Church (another "Wow" there) and the magnificent view of Montreal (even more "Wow"s there!!). The view on the 4/F platform cannot compare with it.

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Reviewed 4 March 2009

We visited St Joseph oratory in February on a snowy day, so we had to skip the gardens. The exterior is grand and imposing, well worth seeing. The interior is more modern and unexpected, but worth a quick visit; the votive candle chapel is ultra-modern, but pretty in its own way, and the “crypt” was full of atmosphere. On the upper level was a museum with nativities of different countries and on the top level is the modern basilica.
Fabulous location, affords great views.

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