Montreal might not be the first metropolis that comes to mind when you think of a swish cruise destination, but it’s definitely a bustling port city – and with all her international festivals, happening food scene and fashion forward style, it only makes sense that passengers love stepping out when their grand ships shimmy up to the port…
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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.
Get ready for the witching hour! Take a Ghost Walk in Old Montreal. Follow the guide over cobbled stones and hear about gruesome crimes committed in Montreal’s centuries-old river-side area.
Art Deco in Montreal in alive and well, with building façades, lamps and doors, carefully cherished and luckily still standing. Take a tour. An expert will give you details on the many fabulous examples.