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The Abbey of Gethsemani

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Address: 3642 Monks Road, Trappist, KY 40051
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+1 502-549-4133

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Simple Silence

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Nashville, Tennessee
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Nashville, Tennessee
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 

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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 

Thank Cindy B
Richmond, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles 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 

Thank Jpamr5
White House, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 

Thank PastorDT
Stewartstown, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles 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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