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Saint Joseph's Oratory

Sitting high above the city, this modern basilica and “house of miracles” offers tranquility, soaring Italian Renaissance architecture and Montreal’s best views.

Saint Joseph’s Oratory church was founded in 1904 by Brother André Bessette. After the congregation rapidly outgrew the church twice, construction began on a third church in 1924. The modern 3,000-seat church that resulted is still the largest church in Canada, and its copper dome is one of the world’s largest.

Built on the slopes of Mount Royal, the hill at the heart of Montreal, Saint Joseph’s Oratory towers over the city around it. Walk up the steps of the long promenade to the church’s balcony and enjoy views that stretch for miles. Look for the Rivière des Prairies in the distance, which borders the island of Montreal to the north.

The inside of the church is open and brightly lit. Angular arches run along the nave, and colored lighting adds cheer to the tall ceilings. During his lifetime, Brother André gained a reputation for having healing powers and was later canonized as a saint. Look around the church to see the crutches hanging from the walls which are a testimony to his special gift.

Check out the votive chapel, which features a dazzling display of light and color. Long slopes of red and green candles lead up to an illuminated statue of Saint Joseph, patron saint of Canada. A blue light illuminates him from above.

Pay a small fee to visit the oratory museum which contains holy relics including the heart of Brother Andrè. The museum also contains over 200 nativity scenes collected from all over the world.

Getting to Saint Joseph’s Oratory involves uphill walking, regardless of what form of transportation you take. There is a bus stop at the end of the promenade and the closest metro stops are several blocks to the west. The church offers parking, but it charges a fee on all days except Sunday. Despite the many steps leading up to its doors, the church is completely wheelchair accessible.


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Hotel Bonaventure Montreal ¥15,570
Hotel Bonaventure Montreal

Hotel Bonaventure Montreal

900 rue De La Gauchetiere West, Montreal, QC
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Ville-Marie, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of The Underground City, Bell Centre, and Christ Church Cathedral. Notre Dame Basilica and Saint Joseph's Oratory are also within 6 mi (10 km). Montreal Central Station is only a 2-minute walk and Bonaventure Station is 2 minutes.

    Hotel Terrasse Royale ¥11,060
    Hotel Terrasse Royale

    Hotel Terrasse Royale

    5225 Côte-des-Neiges, Montreal, QC
       
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Côte-Des-Neiges—Notre-Dame-De-Grâce, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Saint Joseph's Oratory and University of Montreal. Montreal Holocaust Museum and Montreal Museum of Fine Arts are also within 3 mi (5 km). Cote des Neiges Station is only a 2-minute walk and University of Montreal Station is 11 minutes.

      Hotel Omni Mont-Royal ¥16,627
      Hotel Omni Mont-Royal

      Hotel Omni Mont-Royal

      1050 Sherbrooke Street West, Montreal, QC
         
        4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        This family-friendly Montreal hotel is located in the business district, within a 10-minute walk of McCord Museum, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, and McGill University. Eaton Centre and Place des Arts are also within 15 minutes. Peel Station is only a 3-minute walk and McGill Station is 7 minutes.

        Best Western Plus Montreal Downtown-Hotel Europa ¥12,275
        Best Western Plus Montreal Downtown-Hotel Europa

        Best Western Plus Montreal Downtown-Hotel Europa

        1240 Drummond Street, Montreal, QC
           
          3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Ville-Marie, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Sainte-Catherine Street and The Underground City. Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and Christ Church Cathedral are also within 10 minutes. Peel Station is 6 minutes by foot and Lucien L'Allier Station is 7 minutes.

          Modern CôtedesNeiges Suites by Sonder
          Modern CôtedesNeiges Suites by Sonder

          Modern CôtedesNeiges Suites by Sonder

          Chemin de la Cote Sainte Catherine, and Rue Legare, Montreal, QC
             
            3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Côte-Des-Neiges—Notre-Dame-De-Grâce, this apartment building is within 2 mi (3 km) of Saint Joseph's Oratory, University of Montreal, and Mount Royal Park. Sainte-Catherine Street and Montreal Museum of Fine Arts are also within 3 mi (5 km). Cote Sainte Catherine Station is 7 minutes by foot and Cote des Neiges Station is 9 minutes.

            Le Nouvel Hotel & Spa ¥11,465
            Le Nouvel Hotel & Spa

            Le Nouvel Hotel & Spa

            1740 Rene-Levesque West, Montreal, QC
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Ville-Marie, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Sainte-Catherine Street, The Underground City, and Bell Centre. Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and Mount Royal Park are also within 1 mi (2 km). Guy-Concordia Station is 6 minutes by foot and Lucien L'Allier Station is 7 minutes.

              ZUM Hôtel - Université de Montréal ¥4,207
              ZUM Hôtel - Université de Montréal

              ZUM Hôtel - Université de Montréal

              2450 Edouard-Montpetit Blvd., Montreal, QC
                 
                1.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Côte-Des-Neiges—Notre-Dame-De-Grâce, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Mount Royal Park and University of Montreal. Saint Joseph's Oratory and Percival Molson Memorial Stadium are also within 3 mi (5 km). University of Montreal Station is 6 minutes by foot and Edouard Montpetit Station is 7 minutes.

                Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Montreal Centre-ville Ouest ¥13,115
                Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Montreal Centre-ville Ouest

                Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Montreal Centre-ville Ouest

                1390 Boulevard René-lévesque Ouest, Montreal, QC
                   
                  3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Ville-Marie, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Sainte-Catherine Street and The Underground City. Bell Centre and Montreal Museum of Fine Arts are also within 10 minutes. Lucien L'Allier Station and Montreal Lucien-L'Allier Station are within a 5-minute walk.