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“Serenity Heights” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Mount St. Benedict Monastery

Ranked #12 of 94 things to do in Trinidad
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Owner description: This peaceful community of monks, one of the oldest in the Caribbean, has a guesthouse for visitors.
Caribbean
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96 reviews
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“Serenity Heights”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 10, 2013

Nice drive up the mount, you can only go up to the church as the place is also a drug rehabilitation center so some places are off limits. But if you are in time for mass, make sure you stay to listen to the monks sing, it is the best thing ever. The beauty of the place and the calibre of singing will leave you with a wonderful sense of peace. There is a tea house as well if refreshments are needed. It is a wonderful photo stop.

Visited January 2013
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Port of Spain, Trinidad
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90 reviews
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“Perfect for re tooling your spirit”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 28, 2013

There are not many places in Trinidad that rejuvenates my spirit as a visit to Mt. St Benedict Monastery. Just being in that spot does wonders for me. The chapel and inner sanctum are places both of petition and meditation and helps to remove yourself from mundane everyday tasks and focus on the importance of cultivating the spirit self.

Visited February 2013
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6 Thank OneSaucyTrini
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Bridgetown, Barbados
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“VEOMA ALI's favourite place”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 14, 2013

The history of this site is as rich as Caribbean religious history can get. For an inspirational escape and one of the loveliest views, this is your spot. The winding roads to get there have been neatly paved and it can be quite lonely. Be alert, but also be enchanted!

Visited May 2012
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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371 reviews
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“Nice vantage point”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 12, 2013

The narrow drive up reveals amazing views of central and southern Trinidad. Worth a look. Don't drive all the way to the top as that's where the drug rehab center is and there isn't anywhere to really park and have a clear view. Best to stop at the church itself and at the seminary. The seminary has the clearest views, you'll see the entrance thru a cast iron gate on the right when you drive up. The church itself has a gift shop on the grounds as well as a small refreshment shop.

Visited April 2013
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Decatur, Georgia
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“just drove up the hill at sunset”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 29, 2013

The monastery is situated on the hill well above the city and has a lovely view including the airport. You can see the church, the guest house looks like a beautiful setting, and walk around in the gardens. We were also impressed with the number of people walking/running up the hill for exercise... it is quite a commitment!

We didn't do anything more formal, though I believe there are scheduled tours and a gift shop if you're interested in a longer or more formalized visit. Word has it there are not many monks left living there, and some of the property is leased out to other enterprises already, so I wouldn't be sure how long things will go on there.

Visited March 2013
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