“Franciscan Monastery (St. Sepulchre) of the Holy Land in the USA”
Does anybody think of monasteries and Washington DC in the same 'train of thought'? I can't answer that question, but it intrigued me that there was a monastery inside DC with a full scale replica of the Holy Sepulchre tomb of Christ in it. I was going to go to Mass at the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, so I thought I would drive a few blocks east to see the entire place. Well, I was blown away! I was suitably astounded at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, having seen pictures online I was half-prepared for that. But the church of the Monastery was magnificent, a riot of colors and earth-tones. With everything in the church you can almost be excused for almost missing the entrance to the tomb-replica. It was our own fault, we didn't take one of the tour guides with us (we 'knew it all' - boy were we wrong!). Once inside the 'tomb' things become very silent and reverent. There's only room for 10-or-less in the 'outer room' and within the tomb chamber itself there was just enough for the four of us. It was difficult to get back enough to take a photo, but we strained and did it. It's well worth the trip. There is a gift shop where you can also buy drinks and snacks. Parking is on Quincy, diagonally across the street from the main entry. A small 'donation' is requested.
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