Saint Joseph's Oratory of Mount Royal is a Roman catholic minor basilica and national shrine in Montreal. It is largest Canadian church.
It was a small chapel on the slopes of Mount Royal. Soon it becomes too small for growing number of gathering. And, in 1917 a large church was made with seating capacity of 1000 people. Father Paul Bellot, an architect designed the dome of the church and completed it in 1939. The dome is the third largest in the world. In 1951, Gilbert Moreau architect made improvement to the interior of the church and adjacent monastery.
This basilica was dedicated to Saint Joseph, to whom all miracles of Brother Andre was credited. These powers were related to power of healing. With these powers many handicapped, blind and ill people got healed.
It is known to be the jewel of Canadian history. It is the like a heaven of peace and spirituality in the city of Montreal. It offers many religious celebrations, exhibitions, concerts and host many other such activities. There is lush green garden around the church and a beautiful scenery. It is like a heaven that create magical peace in the hearts of visitors. There are many other things and services that can attract more visitors that include lodging, gift shop, restaurant, meeting rooms, etc. These services create rich cultural and spiritual experience.
The one of the main part of this church is that, it is shared by the entire Quebec citizens. It was founded in 1904 by Brother Andre, it is more than a century, it is still a magical place with peace and tranquility.
This church is popular all around the world. About two million visitors and pilgrims arrives at this place every year. There are 99 wooden steps that are reserved for prayer for those pilgrims who climb on their knees and pray. Every year this Oratory distributed over millions of bottles of Saint Joseph's oil.