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Church of the Transfiguration

5 Bay View Drive, Orleans, MA 02653
508-255-1094
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Ranked #3 of 14 Attractions in Orleans
Type: Churches/ Cathedrals
Owner description: The Church of the Transfiguration is the center of Community of Jesus – an ecumenical Benedictine monastic community located at Rock Harbor on the... more » Owner description: 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) « less
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Albany, New York
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14 reviews 14 reviews
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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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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 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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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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24 reviews 24 reviews
4 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 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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Bloomfield, Connecticut
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2013

I was given a one-on-one tour by one of the sisters of the church. She was delightful, and provided a wealth of information. The church is absolutely stunning - not like any other church I've seen. The church was 10 years in the planning, and the end result clearly shows that effort. The art work is beautiful. From the brass... More

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2013 via mobile

Great find that we only came across via trip advisor recs! Thanks to y'all for that. Mosaics, frescoes, bronze works. All amazing. Def come for a tour and its right by the beach so u can get some great sunset shots too! And they sell items made on the premises like jams, mustards and granola too. Kinda neat.

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Boston
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57 reviews 57 reviews
7 attraction reviews
90 helpful votes 90 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

Definitely make time to see this most interesting church....you will not see another one like it. Real frescoes and real mosaics....the whole church is stunning in every way. Indescribable. You will not believe this is exists where it is...surrounded by beautiful grounds. If you are truly lucky, there may be a concert scheduled when you are in town. Magnificent organ.... More

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Dennis, Massachusetts
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71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2012

The organ demo is out of this world. Large gift shop. Amazing architecture and history of the bldgs. Don't get enough by just walking around. Need the guided tour. Beautiful area.

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Skaneateles, New York
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123 reviews 123 reviews
20 attraction reviews
110 helpful votes 110 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2012

We were delighted with the tour of this building and the story of this Community of Jesus -- an ecumenical community with celebate men, celebate women, singles and married couples, some with children. The building and the story of how it was designed is fantastic. Wish we could have stayed to hear the 12,000 plus pipe organ. I understand it... More

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pennsylvania, USA
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15 reviews 15 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2012

We made two visits here, one for Sunday mass, and one for a tour of the church. Both were outstanding in every dimension. The members of the community were uniformly welcoming, knowledgeable, and solicitous. The church itself is beautiful, the service moving, and the bookstore absorbing. The tour added another degree of delight to the experience. This was truly one... More

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