St. Joseph's Oratory (Oratoire Saint-Joseph)
- Type: Churches/Religious Sites, Sightseeing
- Time to Spend: 1 to 2 hours
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Sitting adjacent to Mont-Royal, this immense basilica is the highest point in Montreal. Dedicated to St. Joseph, Jesus' earthly father and Canada's patron saint, St. Joseph's Oratory was designed in an Italian Renaissance style with a copper dome rising 318-feet high). The inside of the basilica is decorated with intricately carved murals and thousands of votive candles leading to the crypt. St. Joseph's Oratory receives several million visitors each year (the most devout Catholics climb the basilica's 99 steps on their knees). Recent visitors agree this stunning basilica is a must-see, for both devoted and secular tourists.
Sitting on the eastern edge of the Notre-Dame-des-Neiges Cemetery in Mont-Royal (accessible from the Blue Line's Station Côte-des-Neiges métro station), St. Joseph's Oratory is open every day, and tours are available when mass is not in session. Entry to the church is free, but donations are appreciated. If you plan on visiting the church, remember to dress appropriately.