St. Joseph's Oratory : Michelin's recommendations
Dominating the northern section of Montreal, this famed Roman Catholic shrine, set on the slope of Mt. Royal, is distinguished by its colossal dimensions and an octagonal, copper-clad dome. A small chapel dedicated to the healing powers of St. Joseph was erected on this site in 1904. Crowds of afflicted people came to pray. Leaving the chapel cured, they spread the lay brother's reputation as a healer. Today over a million pilgrims visit the shrine annually. The immense interior houses carved bronze grilles, oak statues of the apostles and a stone altar. From the wide terrace an excellent view of northern Montreal and the Laurentian Mountains can be obtained. Also contained within the edifice are a votive chapel, a 56-bell carillon and the Musée du Frère André (Brother André Museum), which displays a collection of photographs and mementos tracing the friar's life. The chapelle du Frère André (original chapel) and Brother André's room are open to the public. Completed in 1960, the Stations of the Cross are located in a pleasant hillside garden.
Opening hours :
- Open year-round daily 7am-10pm