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Church of the Transfiguration

5 Bay View Dr, Orleans, MA 02653-2206
+1 508-255-1094
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One of the most beautiful churches you will see in America!

A trip to Cape Cod is not complete until you visit the Church of the Transfiguration in Orleans... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Camie F
A Surprising Artistic Delight

We took the tour of the basilica and enjoyed the artistic and prayerful environment. The peace... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Caroleenamaria
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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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The Church of the Transfiguration is the center of Community of Jesus - an ecumenical Benedictine monastic community located at Rock Harbor on the shores of Cape Cod Bay. The Community follows a daily rhythm of prayer including Eucharist and Liturgy of the Hours (sung in Gregorian chant). Designed by William Rawn Associates of Boston, the Church of the Transfiguration is a contemporary expression of an ancient 4th century style of architecture, and recounts the story of salvation through hand-crafted mosaic and fresco images, bronze, glass, and stone sculpture. The organ is a restoration and expansion of pipework from twelve organs built by the E.M. Skinner Organ Company in the early 20th century. Sunday Eucharist -- 10:00 Weekday Vespers -- 5:30pm Saturday Choral Evensong or Vespers -- 5:15pm TOURS -- Monday - Saturday at 3:00pm Organ demonstrations -- Fridays at 3:30pm Priory Books & Gifts -- Monday - Saturday 10am - 6pm(Wednesdays the Church is closed)
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5 Bay View Dr, Orleans, MA 02653-2206
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A trip to Cape Cod is not complete until you visit the Church of the Transfiguration in Orleans, MA. The church is spectacular from the Mosaic Apse at the east end to the Oculus window and huge Bronze doors at the west end. There is...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We took the tour of the basilica and enjoyed the artistic and prayerful environment. The peace that reigns here is good for the soul. We had tea with a member afterward and will be returning.

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CommunityofJesus, Docent at Church of the Transfiguration, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

So glad your time here was a blessing. We look forward to welcoming you back.

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Reviewed 14 February 2018

Beautiful mosiac tile floors thet were laid by hand. The rest of the church was built like a European cathedral. Church is always updating the building and the grounds.More

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CommunityofJesus, Docent at Church of the Transfiguration, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Glad you were able to visit and share your experience.(If you happen to stop by on a Saturday morning, you will see all the members of the Community of Jesus working to maintain and upkeep the buildings and grounds. We call it "Beehive"!) Hope to...More

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Reviewed 2 October 2017 via mobile

Beautiful mosaics, heard the pipe organ being played, and some of came back later to hear the choir sing. Magnificent! A must see for those who appreciate artistic talent!

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CommofJesus, Public Relations Manager at Church of the Transfiguration, responded to this reviewResponded 3 October 2017

Thank you so much Nancy, so glad you enjoyed your visit!

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Reviewed 17 September 2017 via mobile

Visiting this church with its wonderful architecture and art in the centre of a what seemed a very gentle community was inspiring. Our guide took a lot of time to explain the story of how the church came to be built with explanations of all...More

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CommofJesus, Publicist at Church of the Transfiguration, responded to this reviewResponded 18 September 2017

Thanks for sharing your experience. For those who are unable to visit Cape Cod there is a virtual tour on the Church of the Transfiguration website.

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Reviewed 16 September 2017 via mobile

This is the most beautiful mid-sized modern church that I have even seen in the U.S. The frescoes, carved stone and mosaic floors are incredible. It has the only "surround sound" organ I have ever heard and the pipes, behind louvered doors, run almost the...More

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CommofJesus, Publicist at Church of the Transfiguration, responded to this reviewResponded 18 September 2017

Thanks so much. The floor mosaic is one of the largest installations of Byzantine mosaic church art in North America, all hand-crafted. So glad you had the opportunity to see it. It is our joy to share it.

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Reviewed 10 July 2017 via mobile

Wow. From the beautiful mosaics to the very descriptive tour led by our excellent docent, Barbara, to the beautifully designed structures and grounds, a visit to this church is really worth the stop. It really is like nothing I've seen in the United States. Hearing...More

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CommofJesus, Publicist at Church of the Transfiguration, responded to this reviewResponded 11 July 2017

We are so glad that your visit to the church was a blessing to you. Thanks for sharing your experience. Our services are all open to the public as well. Join us on Sunday mornings at 10 am for Eucharist, and hear the tower bells...More

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Reviewed 30 June 2017

We just made it in time for the last part of the organ demonstration. The organist was very imformative and accomplished. We were so fortunate to have a tour of the church after the organ demonstration. We lucked out and had a private tour given...More

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CommofJesus, Publicist at Church of the Transfiguration, responded to this reviewResponded 3 July 2017

Glad you were able to hear the E.M.Skinner organ! Sharing our church with visitors is one of our great joys. Thanks for sharing your experience with others.

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Reviewed 13 June 2017

This was the surpreise of the trip, Absolutely beautiful, you don't have to be a person of faith to admire the Mosaics, Frescos and Bronze work. The best artisans in each field spent years finishing the interior of this beautiful church.More

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CommofJesus, Publicist at Church of the Transfiguration, responded to this reviewResponded 15 June 2017

Thanks so much for visiting. We are so grateful for the artists from France, Germany, Italy, Monaco, Ireland and the United States who dedicated their vision and gifts to this project. We enjoy meeting the many visitors who "happen upon" during the church during a...More

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Reviewed 16 April 2017

I highly recommend visiting this church and taking the guided tour if your travels take you to Orleans, MA. You can reserve a tour time online at a time that fits your schedule. The community is an ecumenical one governed by an elected superior and...More

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Christy H, Publicist at Church of the Transfiguration, responded to this reviewResponded 13 June 2017

Thanks so much for your kind review! It is our joy to share our church with those who stop for a visit. For those who are not able to visit there is a virtual tour on our website. Please take a look.

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