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Address: 1400 Quincy St NE, Washington DC, DC 20017-3087
Phone Number: 202 526 6800
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The monastery in DC is the closest that some will get to visiting the Holy...

The monastery in DC is the closest that some will get to visiting the Holy Land. The Monastery of Mount St. Sepulchre, designated a National Historic Site in 1991, has been a place of worship and pilgrimage for thousands of visitors since the church's dedication in 1899. Free tours are given daily of the catacombs, church, and gardens.

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Byzantine-style Church Modeled after Istanbul's Hagia Sophia

There are acres upon acres of landscaped gardens surrounded by a turn-of-the century Byzantine-style church modeled after Istanbul's Hagia Sophia. The guided tours show replicas... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 13, 2015
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Manchester, Connecticut
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Manchester, Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2015

There are acres upon acres of landscaped gardens surrounded by a turn-of-the century Byzantine-style church modeled after Istanbul's Hagia Sophia. The guided tours show replicas of the shrines of the Holy Land and catacombs. Note - there is a free virtual tour online

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Madison, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2015

Peaceful, informative. Can not afford a trip to the Holy Land? A visit here will help educate and show you what certain Holy Land sites would be like, and what happened at each site. All are welcome .. not just Christians. The grounds has replicas of various sites of the Holy Land and gardens. There is also a church and... More 

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Canfield, Ohio, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015

My family and I were at the Franciscan Monastery in Washington, DC on Sunday, August 23. The church is absolutely beautiful and is surrounded by lovely gardens. We went to Mass, a moving experience. We could have participated in a tour of the church and the catacombs after Mass, but we didn't. Maybe next time!

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Annapolis, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015

You need not be Catholic -- nor even Christian -- to be moved by the soul-stirring serenity of the Franciscan Monastery. Guided tours, led by knowledgeable (and humorous) monks, shed light on the monastery's art, architecture, and close links to the Holy Land. Don't miss the gardens: they are breathtaking!

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Silver Spring, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015

Such a beautiful place to see...Inside and out...The sanctuary is ornate...the gardens are lovely....Ave Maria prayer written on separate stone tablets in nearly every language imaginable.

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Dayton, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

We arrived just in time to have a very interesting guide of the monastery. The guide explained the various altars, statues, etc. My son in law grew up in the neighborhood about fifty years ago, and he said it has improved over the years. . He knows people in the area still including his step mother. We didn't think it... More 

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Arlington, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

This is a gem of a place in the city - beautiful, quiet, wonderful gardens...and free. You think you have to travel to Europe to see this type of architecture but we have some right here in DC. The kids loved the walk down to and around the gardens.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015 via mobile

We got off at the nearest subway stop and were walking the half mile there when a woman pulled us over and told us to be careful walking in the area. Not 5 minutes later there were a few people in the sidewalk and one young man pulled out a gun. We were feet from him. We passed quickly and... More 

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Washington DC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

I love this hidden secret in DC. The gardens are very nice and the catacombs are really interesting! I would love to have an event here.

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Germantown, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015 via mobile

I visited the Franciscan Monastery for the first time 50 years ago when I was 7. Now, I had the week off so decided to revisit after so many years. Amazing how much I did remember, but of course visiting as an adult is a much deeper experience. The gardens are breathtaking. The day was very hot and humid, typical... More 

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