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Address: 5 Bay View Drive, Orleans, MA 02653
Phone Number: 508-255-1094
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Mon - Tue 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Thu - Sat 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Description: The Church of the Transfiguration is the center of Community of Jesus – an...
The Church of the Transfiguration is the center of Community of Jesus – an ecumenical Benedictine monastic community located at Rock Harbor on the shores of Cape Cod Bay. The Community follows a daily rhythm of prayer including Eucharist and Liturgy of the Hours (sung in Gregorian chant). Constructed of Minnesota limestone, and designed by William Rawn Associates of Boston, the Church of the Transfiguration is a contemporary expression of an ancient 4th century style of architecture, and recounts the story of salvation through mosaic and fresco images, bronze, glass, and stone sculpture. The organ is a restoration and expansion of pipework from twelve organs built by the E.M. Skinner Organ Company in the early 20th century.Sunday Eucharist -- 11:00am (winter); 9:30am (summer)Weekday Vespers -- 5:30pm Saturday Choral Evensong or Vespers -- 5:15pm TOURS -- Monday - Saturday at 3:00pm Organ demonstrations -- Fridays at 3:30pm Priory Books & Gifts -- Monday - Saturday 10am - 6pm(Wednesdays the Church is closed)
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A gem

This is a gem in the middle of nowhere cape cod near Orleans. This is what one would imagine St Pauls looked like 5 years after it was finished. It is a must see but basically... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 22, 2015
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Harwich, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

Great location in Rock Harbor, Orleans, MA, gorgeous limestone architecture, lovely mosaics. They offer guided tours, their concerts and plays are exceptional, much of these performed outdoors in a stunning courtyard, or in the beautifully appointed church interior. It is nice to just walk the grounds and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere. They offer half hour organ concerts which should not... More 

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Central Valley, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

A friend recommended visiting this church while we were visiting Cape Cod. It's a bit out of the way but worth the trip. The floor tile art is a bit different then most artistic displays in cathedral style churches which was very interesting. The frescoes were very well done. The art I found most impressive was in the side chapel... More 

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Nashville, Tennessee
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

This is a gem in the middle of nowhere cape cod near Orleans. This is what one would imagine St Pauls looked like 5 years after it was finished. It is a must see but basically for adults only. Children would not appreciate it and would break the mood.

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Roswell, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

The architecture, materials used to build the sanctuary and the works of art, including mosaics, frescoes, music and iconography are breathtaking. I have never been in a sanctuary like this. They have tours several times a week, but I would recommend going to the Sunday Morning service at 10 and follow it up a tour. It is worth the visit.

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BROAD BROOK
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

A Cape Cod visit to the Church of the Transfiguration should be on your bucket list. The beauty, art and feeling of peace you will feel is awe inspiring. Definitely a hidden treasure located in Rock Harbor, Orleans. I get to the Cape twice a year and plan on returning to the church on every visit going forward. If I... More 

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Norfolk, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

A beautiful take-in. We had a private tour that was outstanding. All 4 of us were thrilled we went there. Non-sectarian, amazing art and design. This is a rare place!

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Albany, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

The tour of the church included an explanation of all of the work and world wide talent that went into the beauty that was created. We unfortunately missed the organ recital the following day. If you like art and beautiful churches the tour is only about a half an hour and it is free.

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East Williston, NY
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

The organ concerts are not to be missed. They also have plays in the courtyard in the summer. The church is stunning and the acoustics are as well.

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Rosharon, Texas
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10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

I have never been to a place where the community was so into caring for people. They are very friendly and not in the scary church way that you get from other places. The sanctuary is very beautiful as is most of the grounds.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

Looking for something to do that was a little different, I came across this on TA. We made online reservations for one of the scheduled tours. The starting place for the tour was the gift shop. When we arrived, about ten minutes before the starting time, there were four other people already waiting. We waited a few more minutes in... More 

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Additional Information about Church of the Transfiguration

Address: Address: 5 Bay View Drive, Orleans, MA 02653
Phone Number: 508-255-1094
Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Cape Cod  >  Orleans
Open Hours:
Sunday 8:30 am - 2:00 pm
Monday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

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