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Address: 3642 Monks Road, Trappist, KY 40051
Phone Number: 502.549.4133
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Seeking Peace and Silence? This is a Great Place to Find Both

The Abbey of Gethsemani is located in the knob country of northern KY. While popularized by the writing of Thomas Merton (Father Louis), that is really a small slice of its... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed December 26, 2015
Paulette R
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Huntsville, Alabama, United States
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Huntsville, Alabama, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2015

The Abbey of Gethsemani is located in the knob country of northern KY. While popularized by the writing of Thomas Merton (Father Louis), that is really a small slice of its history. Founded in 1848, it remains a Monastery of the Cistercian (aka Trappist) Monks. This is a place for a "silent retreat" and reservations can be made the website.... More 

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2015

Beautiful grounds, enjoyable movie explaining the daily lives of the monks. I wish we had been visiting during one of the prayer times which would have made this a more memorable experience. Nice gift shop.

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Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2015

On a recent trip to Kentucky we stopped at the Abbey. They had an interesting movie which acquainted you with it. A nice gift shop also. We wanted to look at the church which was there also as we went to the church we met a man on a garden tractor and talked with him for awhile he told us... More 

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2015

The Abbey of Gethsemani is a nice place of pilgrimage for some quiet reflection and prayer. The monks pray together the psalms seven times a day, and visitors can attend during one of those times (check the schedule). When the weather is decent (it was oppressively hot on our last visit), there are places to hike off in the hills.... More 

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Alexandria, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

The fudge is always delicious, but when I saw that it was again available in one of their signature hand-crafted yellow poplar wooden boxes, this was an opportunity not to be missed. The box is round and would make a very nice gift for anyone who values old-world craftsmanship. The fudge is the candle on the cake, and would have... More 

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2 Thank MARK K
Lafayette, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

Upon arriving at the Abbey we immediately sensed the quiet, peace, contemplative atmosphere. The monks have created a restful, yet productive environment for themselves and their visitors. We stayed long enough to attend two of their eight prayers, sext and none. Listening to the monks sing through the Psalms provided focus and helped us listen to God. Their bookstore has... More 

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Lexington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

I'm a regular day tripper to the Abbey. When driving onto the grounds I feel my blood pressure drop (and I've no problem with BP). Pack a picnic. Wander the grounds. Disconnect from the matrix. Return to the Sanctuary for prayers with the Monks. Sample the fudge in the Gift Shop. Slow down. Listen. Be present. Who knows a miracle... More 

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Paris, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

I have been to Gethsemani 4 times now, all of them day-trips. A few of the reviews say that this is not a good place to come if you're not doing a retreat. I disagree. My typical day at Gethsemani is as follows: Usually, I come early in the morning and if it's early enough, sing the prayers with the... More 

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9 Thank Austin F
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

Truly a special "spiritual place". God is very present here. Just shut up and listen! Not for your average tourist. If you seek Peace and Prayer and an incredible place to sit in the woods and be with God; to contemplate and pray; or to pray in a chapel with 50 men who have dedicated their lives to God and... More 

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Lebanon, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

I make annual 5 day religious retreats at Gethsemani. It is spiritually refreshing and emotionally relaxing. The facility is 'silent' allowing the individual to hear his inner spirit and to engage in deep prayer and contemplation. The Abbey and the many hundreds of surrounding acres aid in leaving the worries and frustrations of the outer world behind while you explore... More 

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