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Address: 1400 Quincy St Northeast, Washington DC, DC 20017
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The monastery in DC is the closest that some will get to visiting the Holy...

The monastery in DC is the closest that some will get to visiting the Holy Land. The Monastery of Mount St. Sepulchre, designated a National Historic Site in 1991, has been a place of worship and pilgrimage for thousands of visitors since the church's dedication in 1899. Free tours are given daily of the catacombs, church, and gardens.

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Little known refuge tucked away in Northeast

Beautiful gardens, hidden grottoes and a magnificent church surrounding a Franciscan monastery in Northeast Washington near Catholic University, the Shrine of the Immaculate... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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39 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Beautiful gardens, hidden grottoes and a magnificent church surrounding a Franciscan monastery in Northeast Washington near Catholic University, the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception and the Pope John Cultural Center. If you're Catholic, you might like to try Mass here. Regardless, this is a quiet place for meditation and enjoyment. The grottoes are replicas of tiny Holy Land chapels, and... More 

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

First, let me say I thought it was awesome. It was truly worth my time and effort. I would recommend it. Here are my suggestions: If you are seeing this and the Basilica on the same day, see this first. Although the emphasis of each is totally different, I am afraid the Basilica would overshadow it. The "catacombs" are not... More 

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New York City, New York
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53 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 April 2017

The tour is fine. The building is nice. It's not as super amazing as I thought it would be. I imagined it would be like the Cloisters in NYC or some other ancient style building. The installations and reliefs and artwork everywhere is actually very nice. The garden is impressive. The idea is they have lots of recreations of things... More 

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Burgettstown, Pennsylvania
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10 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 April 2017

As a Catholic, I was in awe of the beauty of this monastery. I attended Palm Sunday Mass, gathering in the courtyard made my heart fill with love for fellow Christians. You must take the free tour, please give a donation.

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Seattle, Washington
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Reviewed 27 March 2017 via mobile

Beautiful gem in NE DC. It feels like you've left the city and entered a monastery in a small Italian city. It's very calm and quiet here so if you're looking for a peaceful moment, this is the place to go.

Thank Joelle H
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28 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 February 2017

Faithful reproduction of Holy Land architecture and sites, including the Holy Sepulchre, Roman catacombs, and the Rosary Portico. As beautiful as the Church and shrines are, the grounds are doubly beautiful, and in the spring one could literally spend hours upon hours there. We've been going since I was a kid, and it always touches me. An absolutely wonderful experience,... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 295 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 January 2017 via mobile

Quiet, relaxing, beautiful. I spent and hour looking around and sitting. Only two other visitors the whole time. I'm not religious, but this is just a nice place to self reflect, even if you are not religious.

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Miami Beach, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 195 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 December 2016

The Monastery is a little unique tucked away gem in the Nation's Capital. In the area of the National Basilica, well worth a visit for Catholics and non-Catholics alike; anyone who appreciates unique architecture, gardens, and solemn places in general. The guided tour is worth taken, if only because you can't view the basement spaces without a guide. The church... More 

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Austin, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 135 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 December 2016

Not easy to get to (red line from Union Station and longish walk up a hill) but worth the effort. Guided tours of sites made to look like the Holy Land. We were concerned that this would be tacky but it is well done and educational. Lots to see and do and interesting stories of what is represented. Free but... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 November 2016 via mobile

The church on the grounds of the monastery is absolutely beautiful, as are the gardens on the grounds. The idea behind this place is "if you can't visit the holy land, visit here," and as such the church contains replicas and artifacts designed to resemble various holy spaces and/or from various holy spaces. While I appreciate what the church is... More 

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