Saint Joseph's Oratory of Mount Royal
Saint Joseph's Oratory (L'Oratoire Saint-Joseph du Mont-Royal), on the slopes of Mount Royal, stands on the site of an earlier chapel constructed by André Bessette, also known as Brother André, and now Saint André of Montréal (he was canonized in 2010). A modest and humble lay brother beloved by many French Canadians, André became famous for his spiritual devotion and ability to cure the sick. The new basilica that honors Brother André and his patron saint, Joseph, is a dramatic and soaring edifice, with the third-tallest dome in the world. Thousands of faithful in search of miraculous cures, as well as tourists more interested in architectural splendor, visit the basilica every year.
By John Newton, AFAR Ambassador
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3800 Chemin Queen Mary, Montréal, QC H3V 1H6, Canada