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The Abbey of Gethsemani

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Address: 3642 Monks Road, Trappist, KY 40051
Phone Number: 502.549.4133
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A place of peace and quiet contemplation

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 28, 2015
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Lafayette, Indiana
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Lafayette, Indiana
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59 reviews 59 reviews
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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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33 reviews 33 reviews
6 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
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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9 reviews 9 reviews
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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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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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Macon, GA
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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
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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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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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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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