Posted on July 24th, 2010 by .

Our photo of the week comes from Flickr lovebirds Jean-Bernard et Jennifer. One could even say that their love is causing them to see fireworks (and you’ll probably have to click through their photos to understand that reference). Jeannifer (prounounced shjan-i-fer) as I’ve decided to call them, have captured the moody grandioseness of Montreal’s largest religious specimen, Oratoire Saint-Joseph.

Saint Joseph’s Oratory atop Mount Royal is one of the world’s most visited shrines. The basilica’s huge dome reaches 97 metres and is second only in height to Saint Peter’s Basilica in Rome. The sheer size of it contrasts sharply with its frail founder, Brother André, the humble doorkeeper who had initiated its construction in 1904. The shrine devoted to Saint Joseph consists of a primitive chapel, a votive chapel, a crypt and a basilica large enough to accommodate 10,000 worshippers. Relics of Brother André and many ex-voto of miraculously cured pilgrims are exhibited. The basilica’s great organs and 56 bell chimes will occasionally rekindle solemn works of great composers.”

A beautiful shot of a magnificent Montreal landmark.



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