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The Abbey of Gethsemani

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Address: 3642 Monks Rd, Trappist, KY 40051-6102
Phone Number: 502.549.4133
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The Most Peaceful And Quiet Place On Earth

One of the most peaceful and quiet places on earth. I remember coming here on a retreat when I was in high school. The chapel is open to anyone for a visit or prayer. The gift... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Richard F
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Louisville, Kentucky
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Louisville, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

One of the most peaceful and quiet places on earth. I remember coming here on a retreat when I was in high school. The chapel is open to anyone for a visit or prayer. The gift shop is a special place to get a gift or a religious item. There are crafts from all over the world as well as... More 

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Reynoldsburg, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2016

Today just about all of us are inundated with busy schedules, life distractions, political squabbling, and any number of stresses that compromise our lives. The Abbey of Gethsemani is the oldest Cistercian monastery in the United States. To visit here encourages the visitor to slow down, breathe, and become reacquainted with a natural flow of nature, the spirit, and an... More 

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Bardstown, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2016

I love going to this place! They ask that you observe silence neat the monastery building and chapel and when inside. It is a beautiful building and I love the silence and hearing the footsteps of the monks as they go about their day and work. When I am troubled, I go there to sort my heart and mind. If... More 

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Richmond, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2016 via mobile

We enjoyed the break from our road trip. The visitors center is very welcoming with a room with an informational movie, room with photos and plaques of facts, and gift shop. In the gift shop we sampled a butter walnut fudge which is delicious. Wanted to purchase the mint julep fudge, but the need to keep refrigerated for another 5... More 

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White House, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2016 via mobile

The Abbey houses a Cistercian Order of monks, who are very hospitable. See their web site at monks.org. Thanks to their generous hospitality, I have come nearly every year for about 15 years. This is where I go for peace and quiet. The monks pray 7 times a day and you may join them for 1, or all seven. You... More 

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Stewartstown, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2016 via mobile

If you want a peaceful, serene and religious experience, definitely take the time to stop by. I loved the visitors center which includes a large gift shop (best fruit cake and beautiful handmade artistic items made by the Trappist monks themselves) and a film about the monks and the Abbey. The Abbey includes acres of picturesque landscape that welcomed visitors... More 

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El Paso, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2016

The abbey is some place that everyone must visit .Beautiful grounds,filled with history. Youcn stay there for retreat if you wish. Their fudge and fruit cake are out of this world (bourbon soaked). Aplace of reflection

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2016 via mobile

Made last minute visit to Gethsemane. Try to catch Vespers at 5:30 - nice intro to praying with the monks. Mass on Sunday at 10:30 was also a great experience. Hiked Calvary hill and the Statues. Wonderfully peaceful place. Stayed overnight at Bethany Spring cabin. What a find!

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Acworth, Georgia, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2016

We visited the Abbey on a recent trip to Bardstown. We were only able to enter the visitor's center and gift shop, but their story and photos were very interesting. The products available for purchase in the gift shop were plentiful and diverse and it was fun to explore. We were not able to visit their ground on this trip,... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2016

Bought bourbon fudge, walnut fudge and raspberry fudge and they are all fantastic. Gave some away to family and all agree it's great. The grounds are very beautiful and peaceful. The gift shop has lots to pick from and a large selection of Thomas Merton books.

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