Saint Joseph’s Oratory of Mount Royal, founded in 1904, is located on Westmount Summit which is visible from our apartment balcony. My husband & I are extremely lucky to enjoy this lovely montainside view… For more advices on how to find your ideal home, check out our previous post called “Apartment Hunting Tips” : http://montreality.net/apartment-hunting-tips/
The Oratory holds a statue dedicated to Saint Joseph and represents the largest shrine in the world.
Romain & I couldn’t resist taking a few selfies in front of this well-known basilica!
It is Canada’s most massive church and the 27th biggest church construction in the world.
The architectural style of the building is Italian Renaissance. It has an imposing dome which gives a remarkable physical and symbolic presence in Montreal.
A wooded area surrounds the basilica. It is a serene and bucolic place for meditation in an outstanding horticultural setting where majestic sculptures by Louis Parent can be admired. A visit to the Gardens of the way of the cross is a must!
Offering one of the most breathtaking views of the city, the Oratory allows during the summer to combine relaxation and nature.
Here’s the History behind this Roman Catholic edifice and national shrine:
- In 1904 : Saint Andre Bessette began the construction of St. Joseph, a small chapel on the slopes of Mont Royal near Notre Dame College.
- In 1910 : The statue of Saint Joseph was authorised a Canonical coronation by Pope Pius X.
- In 1917 : A larger church was completed that had a seating capacity of 1,000.
- In 1924 : The construction of the basilica of Saint Joseph’s Oratory began.
- In 1955 : Canonical coronation via Cardinal Vincenzo Vannutelli and another from Pope Pius XII.
- In 1967 : The construction was finally completed.
- In 2010 : Pope Benedict XVI canonized the saint.
The shrine is also notorious due to its association with Brother Andre Bessette who was believed to possess healing powers through his Josephian devotion with its notable oil oinment given freely to its believers.
In other words, Romain & I discovered the many facets of this exceptional site and its artistic and historical heritage. If you’re in the Montreal area, Saint Joseph’s Oratory of Mount Royal is definitely a must-see attraction during your stay!