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Franciscan Monastery

1400 Quincy St Northeast, Washington DC, DC 20017
+1 202-526-6800
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An exceptional experience

We had no idea what an interesting visit this would be. The guided tour was excellent. The next... read more

Reviewed 18 September 2016
John S
Winchester, Massachusetts
via mobile
Surprising corner of DC

It was a beautiful day when we visited and toured the gardens. The visitor desk staffer was... read more

Reviewed 17 September 2016
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The monastery in DC is the closest that some will get to visiting the Holy Land. The Monastery of Mount St. Sepulchre, designated a National Historic Site in 1991, has been a place of worship and pilgrimage for thousands of visitors since the church's dedication in 1899. Free tours are given daily of the catacombs, church, and gardens.
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1400 Quincy St Northeast, Washington DC, DC 20017
+1 202-526-6800
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Reviewed 18 September 2016 via mobile

We had no idea what an interesting visit this would be. The guided tour was excellent. The next best thing to a visit to the Holy Land without the arduous travel, high cost, inconveniences and physicsl risk! If you are a devout Christian or if...More

1  Thank John S
Reviewed 17 September 2016

It was a beautiful day when we visited and toured the gardens. The visitor desk staffer was helpful and friendly and the tour guide knowledgeable and interesting. We toured the entire garden, including the lower grotto, the cemetery, and the vegetable garden. It was all...More

Thank mejehn
Reviewed 13 September 2016

The monastery is amazing in its details and since I probably won’t be to the Holy Land any time soon it was interesting to get a sense of the sites without having to travel there. Although the church itself is beautiful, especially the scene of...More

Thank iroamaround67801
Reviewed 12 September 2016

I go to the Monastery every Christmas and Easter because of the beautiful decorations and the wonderful music. At Christmas the inside of the church is decorated and in the spring the entire Church and gardens are ablaze with color.

1  Thank William J
Reviewed 12 September 2016 via mobile

The monastery was beautiful and the tour was interesting. The tour takes 45 minutes and includes the cathedral and catacombs! Had no idea there were catacombs! Spend some time walking the groups including the grotto. The garden is amazing old growth with multiple spiritual and...More

Thank sueslager
Reviewed 5 September 2016 via mobile

It's definitely a bit of a commute from public transportation, but the site is amazing. The architecture inside and the garden is nothing short of stunning. Plus, the grottoes down below would satisfy any religion enthusiasts.

Thank Candice L
Reviewed 2 July 2016

The grounds, catacombs, replica of the Holy Lands, tour, and tour guide were all excellent. Guided tours are offered. There was no fee, however, they accept donations following the tour to help to perpetuate the site. I would suggest 2 hours minimum in order to...More

4  Thank adventureexperience1
Reviewed 27 June 2016 via mobile

Difficult to imagine that such a spiritual place exist in Washington DC. The Baroque style monastery is gorgeous, especially it's dome. The gardens are sublime. The Underground crypts and altars aRe beautiful faithful recreations of the holiest shrines in Christianity. Friar Mark, was a truly...More

4  Thank Carlos B
Reviewed 22 June 2016

What a beautiful ornate church! It is inspiring just to sit there and admire the intricate carvings and designs. The various altars are amazing. The gardens a beautiful and peaceful. Was not such a fan of the catacombs but were interesting replicas of things found...More

2  Thank Motzof4
Reviewed 22 June 2016

This is a great place to just walk, rest, and think. They built the replicas of holy sites for those who could not make the pilgrimages to include a small sampling of the catacombs. The cloister and garden was the best for me as it...More

2  Thank DJDNPV
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Is it open every day of the year?
26 December 2016|
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Response from Manmap | Reviewed this property |
No...check their website for days/hours..
What is the dress code for tourists?
12 July 2016|
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Response from Motzof4 | Reviewed this property |
There is no official dress code, but since it is a Monastery I would suggest that you do not wear shorts. As tourists your more modest clothing would be a good idea. My husband wore long pants and so did I - not jeans. But... More