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Saint Joseph’s Oratory of Mount Royal, is a Roman Catholic basilica on the west slope of Mount Royal in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

In 1904, Saint André Bessette, CSC, began the construction of a small chapel on the side of the mountain near Notre Dame College. Soon the growing number of visitors made it too small. Even though it was enlarged, a larger church was needed and in 1917 one was completed – it is called the Crypt, and has a seating capacity of 1,000. In 1924, the construction of the basilica was inaugurated; it was finally completed in 1967. The Oratory’s dome is the third-largest of its kind in the world after the Basilica of Our Lady of Peace of Yamoussoukro in the Ivory Coast and Saint Peter’s Basilica in Rome, and the church is the largest in Canada.

The basilica is dedicated to Saint Joseph, to whom Brother André credited all his reported miracles. These were mostly related to some kind of healing power, and many pilgrims (handicapped, blind, ill, etc.) poured into his Basilica, including numerous Protestants. On display in the basilica is a wall covered with thousands of crutches from those who came to the basilica and were allegedly healed. (Source:Wikipedia)

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  • Robyn Carter
    Robyn Carteralmost 2 years ago

    Excellent shot – I remember going there in 2006 – fascinating place.

  • Thank you, Robyn. Appreciate the comment. – Gene

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  • Manon Boily
    Manon Boilyalmost 2 years ago

    hey!! I just realized it’s our famous oratory. lol. I didn’t see the title. I went there when I was a young kid. I should return one day, just to take pictures of course. lol. nice shot for sure!

  • Many thanks, Manon for this honour. The ground as well as the church are quite beautiful any time of year and well worth a visit. – Gene

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  • aprilann
    aprilannalmost 2 years ago

    Congratulations on your feature in Shelters. Beautiful work!

  • Thank you, April Ann, for you mind comments. Much appreciated. – Gene

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  • Nicole W.
    Nicole W.almost 2 years ago

  • I thank you, Nicole, for both the feature and the fave. Both are greatly appreciated. – Gene

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  • Sandra Fortier
    Sandra Fortieralmost 2 years ago

    Great capture of the Oratory. Very familiar to me as I went there everySunday when I was younger.Lovely place to visit and We can see this Oratory from miles away…cannot believe how visible this is.

  • Thanks, Sandra. Totally agree about being a lovely place to visit. – Gene

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  • Yhun Suarez
    Yhun Suarezalmost 2 years ago

    Features – 8th of March 2013

    -yhun :)

  • My apologies for my lateness in responding. But I do so appreciate the honour given. Thank you. – Gene

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  • katekreations
    katekreationsover 1 year ago

    Congratulations Featured 26th April 2013

  • Many thanks for this much appreciated honour Kate. – Gene

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  • Keri Harrish
    Keri Harrishover 1 year ago

    You were voted into the top ten of our challenge!

    Canadiana – Religious Buildings in Canada

  • Thanks, Keri, for letting me know. – Gene

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  • Sandra Fortier
    Sandra Fortierover 1 year ago

    Congrats on your feature!

  • Thanks, Sandra, for looking in and commenting. – Gene

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  • PhotosByHealy
    PhotosByHealyabout 1 year ago

    Many thank to marbrure for adding this image to their Favourites.

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