Friday, May 13, 2016

Past POIs - Saint Joseph's Oratory [Montreal, Quebec, Canada]

Saint Joseph's Oratory is the big church in Montreal, in fact, it is the largest church in Canada! It is designated as a minor basilica and a national shrine as well, two titles which the church has to earn based on rules and policies of the churches.

Construction of Saint Joseph's Oratory started in 1924 and was completed in 1966. There is a small chapel off to the side which is what this site began as and that was built in 1904. It is 105 m (341 ft) long, 65 m (210 ft) wide, and 97 m (319 ft) high with a seating capacity of 2,028.

I feel that this was a more modern church with simple decorations inside. It is a big odd when I compare it to Notre Dame which I visited earlier in the day where it seemed to have colours and patterns and stain glass and more everywhere. It was somewhat nice that I was not bombarded with so many things to see and take in.

Visitation is free, however there is a charge for parking which was $5 in 2016 and there is a cost to visit the museum which was also $5. There is ample parking available and if you like, you can take the local metro to Station Snowdon and it is just a short walk from there.

There are guided tours available, check their site for details, however, you can walk the entire site on your own. I tend to like wandering myself so that it is at my own pace and I can take photos at my pace. And yes, photography is allow inside.

For more information, visit the official site at

Come back next Friday for another Past Point of Interest!