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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
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites, Cultural
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Type: Religious Sites, Cultural
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Lebanon, Ohio
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48 reviews 48 reviews
19 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
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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Macon, GA
18 reviews 18 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

Unless you're planning on taking a retreat here at the Abbey, there really isn't much to do for the random stopper by. However, if you are like me and have read a little Thomas Merton or have a strong interest in Abbey's, stop by any way. The gift shop is packed full of great gifts and tokens to take with... More 

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Homestead, Florida
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

One of Kentucky Best Kept Secrets. A holy place of prayer, relaxation. serenity, introspection, meditation and Spiritual Awakening. Have gone to the Abbey for many years, have taken family and friends and we all keep coming back to the beauty of the grounds and the serenity of the facility.

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New London, Connecticut, United States
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131 reviews 131 reviews
15 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 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
1 review
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
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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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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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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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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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31 reviews 31 reviews
6 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
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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96 reviews 96 reviews
59 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
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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