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Fabulous Saint Joseph's Oratory of Mount Royal is a lively, in-depth journey through this unique holy place in Montreal, revealing the historic and artistic treasures of one of the greatest pilgrimage sites in North America.
You'll start by discovering the dramatic site where the Oratory stands, including the Garden of the Way of the Cross, a lovely place for contemplation and communing with nature. Next, your step-by-step tour will visit the humble original chapel; the crypt church that forms the monumental building's cornerstone; and the exquisite votive chapel, which houses the tomb of Saint Brother André, the visionary behind the Oratory's construction. You'll also discover the magnificent stained-glass windows of the mezzanine, the exhibit recounting the life of Brother André, the Oratory museum, and finally the breathtaking modernist basilica itself. Throughout your journey, fascinating texts point out a host of architectural details and works of art, including stained glass, reliefs, paintings, mosaics, and sculptures. You'll have a detailed guide for your visit to this iconic house of worship, and afterward, a beautiful and remarkable souvenir.
Like in all the Ulysses travel guides, you will find lavish photographs, precious archival images, as well as detailed and informative explanations sidebars for more context.
About the author : Chantal Turbide, Ph.D., holds a Ph.D. in art history from the University of Provence in France and a D.E.S.S. in management of cultural organizations from HEC-Montreal. She is curator of the museum and artistic heritage of Saint Joseph's Oratory of Mount Royal since 2010. She is an expert member of the Works of Art and Movable Property Committee of the Conseil du patrimoine religieux du Québec (CPRQ), member of the board of directors of the Société des musées du Québec (SMQ) and vice-president of the board of the Fondation Archives et patrimoine religieux du Grand Montréal (FAR).
Author : Chantal Turbide
Editor : Ulysses
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