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Ephrata Cloister

632 W Main St, Ephrata, PA 17522-1717
+1 717-733-6600
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Fascinating story, beautiful park

If you are at all curious about people who choose to live monk-like celibate lives apart from the... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
ConnecticutLocavore
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Connecticut
Take the guided tour!

As history buffs with a particular interest in religion, this was right up our alley. We were glad... read more

Reviewed 5 March 2018
sarahthe1001
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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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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632 W Main St, Ephrata, PA 17522-1717
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+1 717-733-6600
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you are at all curious about people who choose to live monk-like celibate lives apart from the rest of the world, this is a place to see. This site brings to life the story of the man who created the community and explains the...More

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Reviewed 5 March 2018

As history buffs with a particular interest in religion, this was right up our alley. We were glad we happened to arrive just in time for a guided tour, because it was a chilly day that would have made standing outside listening to the stations...More

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Reviewed 15 February 2018

First you see a movie, and then get a tour. The guides are very good. If you don't take the tour, some buildings will be off-limits. The whole Cloister story is one of the most fascinating chapters in American history. It was a celibate community,...More

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Reviewed 28 December 2017

Lucky to have a be apart of this historical site. My family has ties to the sect that settled here at the Cloister. Learn about the Anabaptists here at the Cloister.

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Reviewed 5 November 2017

This is a very unusual place where the religion/way of life was quite strict and difficult. There were only three of us on tour, which made it easy to ask questions and to explore all the places. Our guide was very knowledgeable, and all the...More

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Reviewed 29 October 2017

The Cloisters are an excellent example of the lives of 1732 German settlers, a community consisted of celibate Brothers and Sisters, and a married congregation of families. You need to be there to hear the choir.... Beautiful

Thank Sakimas
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Reviewed 11 October 2017

This place is so interesting. We visited on a warm September afternoon. Easy to find and park. We joined the 2pm tour. Just 4 of us. The guide was very knowledgeable and as it was a small group he could answer all our questions and...More

Thank Leven65
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Reviewed 10 October 2017 via mobile

I can't say enough about how great this place is. We went on Sunday and there were free choral concerts that featured original music from the cloister. The music was beautiful. The choir director gave information regarding the music. There is someone who is just...More

Thank Cindy L
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Reviewed 7 October 2017

My experience there took me back to a time of religious persecution where one person began a following of faithful believers that began a century old religion. The tour guide was knowledgeable and gave us insight into daily life, the beginnings of their religion, and...More

Thank munequa718
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Reviewed 6 September 2017

Although I went there a few years ago, it was a very well preserved/renovated facility. Interesting, self paced, and well maintained. I would recommend it to history buffs.

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saramay
17 September 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
25 February 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
25 February 2015|
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