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Ephrata Cloister

632 W Main St, at the intersection of Rt. 272 and Rt. 322, Ephrata, PA 17522-1717
+1 717-733-6600
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Beautiful Historic Ephrata Cloister

We had a beautiful day touring the Ephrata Cloister. The history lessons you will learn are... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
brunner5
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Ephrata, Pennsylvania
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Great place to visit!

Michael was our tour guide and he was absolutely awesome! There’s so much to learn here, so much... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
bubbleheadout
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Norfolk, Virginia
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One of America's earliest religious communities, the Historic Ephrata Cloister was founded in 1732 by German settlers seeking spiritual goals rather than earthly rewards. Gathered in unique European style buildings, the community consisted of celibate Brothers and Sisters, and a married congregation of families.At the zenith of the community in the 1740s and 1750s, about 300 members worked and worshiped at the Cloister. Today, the National Historic Landmark is open for tours, special programs, and on-going research opportunities.
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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632 W Main St, at the intersection of Rt. 272 and Rt. 322, Ephrata, PA 17522-1717
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had a beautiful day touring the Ephrata Cloister. The history lessons you will learn are priceless as you walk through time throughout all of the buildings.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Michael was our tour guide and he was absolutely awesome! There’s so much to learn here, so much history and we got some beautiful pictures! He really went out of his way and spent a lot of time explaining the history and answering all of...More

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Reviewed July 8, 2018 via mobile

We have driven by the Cloisters quite a few times but never had the opportunity to stop. We spent about two hours going through the various buildings, welcome center and taking the organized tour. Fortunately for us, we were the only ones on the tour....More

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Reviewed June 18, 2018

Fascinating history; very Shaker-like building structures; every angle could be an extraordinary photo.

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Reviewed June 17, 2018

I am so glad that we took the time to visit Ephrata Cloister on our recent visit to Pennsylvania. The tour guide was very informative and I learned so much about this religious cult that settled in Ephrata during the early 1700's. The grounds are...More

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Reviewed June 10, 2018

I am a lover of history, especially church history, and especially, especially church history related to the Anabaptists and Brethren groups. This is a fascinating place to visit to understand the "Holy Experiment" of William Penn and some of the groups that were attracted to...More

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Reviewed June 10, 2018

The buildings date to the 1700s, and are well preserved (and reconstructed). The guide did an excellent job of describing how the site came into existence, and its quirky history. I'm glad I included this stop on my visit to the Lancaster and Amish area.

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Reviewed May 8, 2018

If you are in the area, you will not want to miss a tour of the Ephrata Cloister! Here you will learn about the early history of Pennsylvania and William Penn's commitment to welcome all religious persuasions. You will also learn about how Conrad Beissel...More

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Reviewed April 27, 2018

Several old buildings and a cemetery. Film about this sect. Celibate believers who lived a tough existence, with belief that sacrifices were necessary to get to heaven. Slept on benches with stone pillows. Woke up at midnight to pray. Very sad energy on the beautiful...More

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ConradBeissel, General Manager at Ephrata Cloister, responded to this reviewResponded April 30, 2018

We're glad you took the time to experience Ephrata Cloister. While today we think of this as a harsh existence, the fact that it was able to exist in Pennsylvania is a tribute to William Penn's "Holy Experiment" of religious freedom for all. Just as...More

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Reviewed April 22, 2018 via mobile

Off the beaten path. Interesting historically and kind of an odd story of beliefs as well as the way the group lived.

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saramay
September 17, 2016|
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Response from ConradBeissel | Property representative |
Tours begin with the 15 minute video and then you proceed with a guide to the two main buildings the Sisters' House and their Meetinghouse. The guided portion is about 45 - 50 minutes in length. if you add in the video... More
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59hoya
February 25, 2015|
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Response from ConradBeissel | Property representative |
Ephrata Cloister will be closed on Easter Sunday. We will be open from 9 - 5 on Monday April 6th (Easter Monday).
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59hoya
February 25, 2015|
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