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The Abbey of Gethsemani

3642 Monks Road, Trappist, KY 40051
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Ranked #1 of 1 attractions in Trappist
Type: Religious Sites
Traveler Description: Visit the Abbey of Gethsemani in Trappist, Ky. See how Trappist monks who have lived, prayed, and worked in this house of the Lord for over 150... more »
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New London, Connecticut, United States
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97 reviews 97 reviews
14 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

My sister makes retreats to the Abbey of Gethsemani, and she recommended it as a place to visit. In addition, I make frequent online orders for the bourbon fudge that is made by the monks, so this was further motivation for a visit. For these reasons, my wife and I decided to make a visit on March 13, 2014 after... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014 via mobile

We visited last week. The atmosphere is peaceful. We bought the Kentucky Bourbon fudge. Wish I had purchased more than one box. Best fudge ever!

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Nashville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2014

I made a retreat November 11-15th, 2014. The solitude and time to reflect were wonderful. There are religious services 7 times daily, starting at 3:15 am- to Compline @ 7:30 pm. I enjoyed daily services and was so appreciative of the brothers hospitality. Be prepared to eat light meals of vegetables, monk cheese and their fine bread. It is probably... More

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Fargo, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2013

It all depends on what you want out of an experience. I had been reading the works of Thomas Merton, OCSO for many years and decided to visit his home here. The monastery was the first of its kind in the USA, established in 1848-51 and over the years has given birth to several others, both monks and nuns, here... More

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Fort Wayne IN
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2013

anyone wishing to attend services / offices will find many available throughout the day...seven beginning at 3:15 am and the last at 7:30 pm...additionally mass is celebrated daily and often there is a rosary service daily in the guest chapel. The Monks observe silence otherwise and welcome visitors to their grounds and some of their facilities. For much of the... More

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Shepherd, Montana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2013

This is an awesome place. Silence is supposed to be 100 percent, but not all visitors comply. Opportunity to meet with monk, beautiful surroundings. Beware food is marginal but that is not their focus. Retreats are wonderful

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Pekin, Indiana, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2013

The abbey is very beautiful. We were there and observed the monks choir practice, which was peaceful and amazing. There is a visitors center and store where you can purchase fudge, cheese and fruitcake made by the monks. You can only visit a limited area, it is a working abbey. Very beautiful, very educational about monastic life. A must see.... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2013

Having read Thomas Merton's book "The Seven Story Mountain", we wanted to visit the Abbey while we were in the Bardstown area. It is set on a beautiful rolling countryside that is so serene. The film gives a really good idea of a Monk's life and since you can't go into certain areas it is the best way to learn... More

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Houston, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

This is a place I've always wanted to visit. Interesting and very informative video in the gift shop of the life of the monks and the history of the monastery. You can walk around the grounds but. Not inside the walled monastery area. We arrived in time to attend the noontime prayer service which was very interesting. The monks pray... More

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Hendersonville, Tennessee
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37 reviews 37 reviews
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2013

My husband and I went away for a quick trip and this Abbey has been on our list of things to do for a while, a recommendation from a friend. We came on a saturday and I think it would have been a later time to see the monks during prayer (from what we could tell) but the grounds are... More

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