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beautiful!! fudge is amazing

We went to get fruit cake and enjoy the beautiful grounds!! We also sampled some fudge and it was... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Lisa M
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I Love This Place!

I have made four trips to Gethsemani over the past 5 years. I suggest this to any of my friends who... read more

Reviewed August 26, 2018
Sojournwithme
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Xenia, Ohio
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We went to get fruit cake and enjoy the beautiful grounds!! We also sampled some fudge and it was amazing...had to get us some!!

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Lisa M
Reviewed August 26, 2018

I have made four trips to Gethsemani over the past 5 years. I suggest this to any of my friends who are interested in finding a quiet place to meditate, relax, or develop their spiritual life. Whether you are Catholic or not, this is a...More

Date of experience: October 2017
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Reviewed July 1, 2018 via mobile

Went on a Sunday and had evening prayer with the Monks @ 5:30! A really great experience! The address I put in my gps was off a little, so keep driving until u see it on the left!

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed June 30, 2018 via mobile

After reading works by Thomas Merton we felt it would be fun to see where he lived. We saw a good video and display of the Abby. The gift shop was large with many items made by the monks. The setting was spectacular and wished...More

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank WilliamB474
Reviewed June 29, 2018 via mobile

The Abbey of Gethsemani is off the beaten path for sure. It is indeed an active monastery in the Order of Cistercians. The brothers conduct prayers, vespers, and mass daily. There is a public area to participate/observe the services. There is also a visitor’s chapel,...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed March 19, 2018

What a nice place to visit,the grounds and church are beautiful,you get a feeling of peace here...really enjoyed our visit...

Date of experience: March 2018
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Reviewed October 17, 2017 via mobile

It is a great place to stop for a day but to truly understand how special this place is you need to take a retreat here. Details on how to arrange are on their website. It will be an experience you will never forget if...More

Date of experience: October 2017
1  Thank Drew G
Reviewed August 28, 2017

Wife & I and friends visited this peaceful place on our weekend trip to Bardstown, KY. This unbelievable place has been here since before the Civil War. The Monks are famous for their Christmas fruit cakes. This is a must-see

Date of experience: August 2017
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Reviewed August 26, 2017

If you can, attend one of the liturgy of the hours services. It is an amazing uplifting of your spirit. The grounds are serene, picturesque, and you are free to wander and meditate and slow down your life. They have a gift shop, well appointed,...More

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank Anthony O
Reviewed August 16, 2017

Was a great visit! Was able to visit with bro Christian, so full of God's will an spirit! Wonderful meal, wonderful prayers, wonderful reflection,

Date of experience: August 2017
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January 24, 2017|
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Response from Barbara K | Reviewed this property |
There are no pets as in cats or dogs, but there are definitely horses, cows, and pigs. I've seen coyotes and deer in the woods, and there are a huge variety of birds.
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May 21, 2015|
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Response from Barbara K | Reviewed this property |
There are several rooms for couples, and I've often seen groups traveling together. Sometimes they are together, sometimes they spend time apart. It's not a social activity, but can be powerful if you spend it with people... More
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February 3, 2015|
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Response from Dmcdon2851 | Reviewed this property |
Dear Judy: The Abbey welcomes those wishing to make a spiritual retreat. There are limited rooms in the Retreat Center and reservations are taken only four months in advance for either a 3 night weekend retreat or a 4... More
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cfpops
Cleveland, Ohio
nice town and nice people (1 Replies)
I was very impressed with Bardstown. I was only there 2 nights primarily to visit the Abbey of Gethsemani, but I got to Federal Hill and some local restaurants. The people were all so friendly and polite and helpful. Nice town, nice folks!
November 20, 2005|
Response fromKYWoman1962|
Not my town, but it is always good to hear positive things about Kentucky and Kentuckians. Glad you enjoyed your visit.