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The Abbey of Gethsemani

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Address: 3642 Monks Road, Trappist, KY 40051
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I've been on silent retreat at Gethsemani about a half dozen times. I've found no other place on earth which is as peaceful, restful and spiritual, which I attribute to... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I've been on silent retreat at Gethsemani about a half dozen times. I've found no other place on earth which is as peaceful, restful and spiritual, which I attribute to unplugging from the "noise" of daily demands, especially electronics, and seeing the example of devotion and simplicity in the monks' daily living. One cannot help but sense God in the... More 

Thank Eagle84Cincy
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The monks are precious, kind, caring and endowed with an unwavering spiritual commitment. In these hills of western KY is this monestary that follows its 1000 year old traditions in devotion and welcoming those who come to the door. This sacred place is not for everyone, the silence is for contemplative time of the highest spiritual order.

Thank sdarcy55
Edmonds, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 22, 2017

I've never been to this place but we buy their fudge all the time! It is made from scratch with only natural ingredients and is so good! My grandfather used to make wonderful fudge from scratch in the 1950's and this tastes exactly like his. We especially like their non bourbon walnut fudge. It's cheaper and healthier than candy bars!... More 

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Nashville, Tennessee
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 2, 2017

I just returned from a 2-night silent retreat and enjoyed my stay. The rooms are clean, spacious, and simple. There are 3 meals a day (which I did not find very good but others who reviewed the place seemed to have). You can chill in your room or the library, wander the garden, join for services, and hike the paths... More 

Thank roaminginrome101
New Haven, Kentucky
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 15, 2016

Abbey of Gethsemane is a very impressive architectural buildings behind the walls and sometimes possibly intimated to the eyes of others specially in the neighbouring country folks. After I stayed for a weekend retreat for women, I learned more about the Monks clauster untraditional ways and about the community itself and their participatioin in the outside community programs. i.e helping... More 

Thank Tessie C
New Orleans, Louisiana
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 12, 2016

This place has such an interesting history. The small Visitor Center has a very informative movie about the history of the Abbey and the order, and some wonderful photos and other displays about life on the property. I bought two Rosaries in the gift shop, and actually visited with the Brother who handcrafted them! This is a working abbey, and... More 

Thank Susan K
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 29, 2016

I unfortunately went on a sunday because the visitor center and shop was closed but I did get to sit in on one of the sext that was sung by the monks. Would love to do a retreat there sometime. They have a nice guest area to sit in silence too.

Thank gypsyiam
Louisville, Kentucky
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 24, 2016

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 

Thank Richard F
Reynoldsburg, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 

Thank John S
Bardstown, Kentucky
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5 of 5 bubbles 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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