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Review of Ephrata Cloister

Ephrata Cloister
Ranked #1 of 18 things to do in Ephrata
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: One of America's earliest religious communities, the Historic Ephrata Cloister was founded in 1732 by German settlers seeking spiritual goals rather than earthly rewards. Gathered in unique European style buildings, the community consisted of celibate Brothers and Sisters, and a married congregation of families.At the zenith of the community in the 1740s and 1750s, about 300 members worked and worshiped at the Cloister. Today, the National Historic Landmark is open for tours, special programs, and on-going research opportunities.
Reviewed 28 December 2017

Lucky to have a be apart of this historical site. My family has ties to the sect that settled here at the Cloister.
Learn about the Anabaptists here at the Cloister.

Thank Greg S
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Reviewed 5 November 2017

This is a very unusual place where the religion/way of life was quite strict and difficult. There were only three of us on tour, which made it easy to ask questions and to explore all the places. Our guide was very knowledgeable, and all the buildings well preserved to show just how these people lived. GPS is clueless in getting you there, but we saw it before the GPS said we would even arrive.

Thank connieherringdine
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Reviewed 30 October 2017

The Cloisters are an excellent example of the lives of 1732 German settlers, a community consisted of celibate Brothers and Sisters, and a married congregation of families. You need to be there to hear the choir.... Beautiful

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Reviewed 11 October 2017

This place is so interesting. We visited on a warm September afternoon. Easy to find and park. We joined the 2pm tour. Just 4 of us. The guide was very knowledgeable and as it was a small group he could answer all our questions and show us things he did not normally have time for. In fact all the staff were very helpful and made our visit so interesting.
It is a lovely site and the buildings have been repaired and preserved for future generations. I hope after reading my review and others that more people will visit and enjoy this site because it is an important part of Pennsylvania history.
The state & staff have put a lot of effort into making it special.

Thank Leven65
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Reviewed 10 October 2017 via mobile

I can't say enough about how great this place is. We went on Sunday and there were free choral concerts that featured original music from the cloister. The music was beautiful. The choir director gave information regarding the music. There is someone who is just finishing his doctorate on the cloister. I hope is work gets published would love to read it. There are 9 original buildings from the 1700's. we were lucky as there was a young lady in the printing building who explained to us about how they printed the Books. There is a nice video to watch before going into the cloister that gives you a synopsis of their history.

Thank Cindy L
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