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Things to do in Montreal this Spring 2014

Spring has arrived in Montreal! And while the city keeps winter bright and busy with colourful light installations, arts and culture festivals and an array of winter sports, there’s nothing like the exuberance of spring and Montreal’s many and varied April and May activities…

ST. JOSEPH’S ORATORY: CANADA’S SACRED DESTINATION

One of Montreal’s famed skyline silhouettes; St. Joseph’s Oratory is a sacred destination for many. It attracts 2 million visitors annually. Some climb the 100 steps on their knees as pilgrims. Others come simply to admire this Italian Renaissance-style basilica reminiscent of the Duomo in Florence. I love the grandeur of the beautiful building, set back on its large property.  It is the largest church in Canada. Its dome is second in size only to St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome.  The first small chapel was erected in 1904, and was extended often.  By 1917 a new Crypt-Church was built, large enough for about 1,000 people.  Montreal’s Brother André, who was canonized last week-end in Rome, had a dream to build a sanctuary dedicated to Saint Joseph.  His dream came true in 1967, when the Oratory was completed.