Saint Joseph’s Oratory, Montreal

Building of Saint Joseph’s Oratory of Mount Royal (in French; L’Oratoire Saint-Joseph du Mont-Royal) started in 1904 and after few extensions, only in 1967 was finished in present form.

The Beckerath organ in Saint Joseph's Oratory basilica

The Beckerath organ in Saint Joseph's Oratory basilica

Saint Joseph’s Oratory started as a chapel build by brother André Bessette who decided to dedicate it to St. Joseph to who he credited his healing power.

Brother André Bessette was canonized on the October 17, 2010, on Saint Peter’s Square in Rome, by Pope Benedict XVI.

Since the early days many pilgrims left thousands of crutches at the Basilica, that are on display in older section of oratory.

Saint Joseph’s Oratory, one of the better know symbols of Montreal (discover), located on the north slope of Mont Royal, is also the largest church in Canada.

Saint Joseph’s Oratory basilica photo gallery

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L’Oratoire Saint-Joseph du Mont-Royal, Montréal

Jesus, detail from Saint Joseph's Oratory basilica

Jesus, detail from Saint Joseph's Oratory basilica

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Ice skating rink beside Beaver lake on Mont Royal is also featured on our video

Mont Royal photo gallery

On the north-west side of Mont Royal is located cemetery – also last resting place for fallen Canadian soldiers going back to late 19th and early 20th century – honored every year on the Remembrance day

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