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Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land

1400 Quincy St NE, Washington DC, DC 20017-3041
+1 202-526-6800
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The Holy Land in our nation's capital

The idea behind this place was to bring the holiest site for Christians to the people of the US... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Urszula C
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
when You can’t get to the Holy Land this is a great choice.

We arrived around 3oclock and we were greeted by a friendly, knowledgeable volunteer. He was a... read more

Reviewed 11 April 2018
Christine S
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Experience the Holy Land. Dedicated in 1899 and designated a National Historic Site in 1991, the beautiful Monastery church and gardens include unusual, full-size replicas of Holy Land shrines and are the U.S. home of the Franciscan friars who have served in the Holy Land for 800 years, caring for the shrines and people. Free daily tours of the church, Tomb of Christ, and catacombs. Free garden tours on Saturdays, April-September.
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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1400 Quincy St NE, Washington DC, DC 20017-3041
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The idea behind this place was to bring the holiest site for Christians to the people of the US - and the Franciscan monks have certainly succeeded in doing that. The tours of the sanctuary are very informative and the displays before you enter the...More

Thank Urszula C
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Reviewed 11 April 2018

We arrived around 3oclock and we were greeted by a friendly, knowledgeable volunteer. He was a retired college professor who spent many years teaching around the world. What a nice way to be greeted...a smile and a wealth of knowledge. Unfortunately we missed the last...More

Thank Christine S
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Reviewed 6 April 2018

Extremely busy which detracted from what I remember from a previous visit was a pleasant day. Best bit was the ride on the circular buss for 50'cents!

Thank Barbara P
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Reviewed 11 March 2018

Walked the Stations of the Cross on Good Friday. Very moving to do this with so many other people in such a beautiful place.

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Reviewed 9 March 2018

Have lived in the area on and off since 1974 and this was my first visit. Went with a Knights of Volumbus group, including mass. Very pretty place, very meditative. plan to take visitors next time.

Thank Chinapjs
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Reviewed 4 March 2018

If you want to go to the Holy Land without leaving the US, this is the place to go. Peter came a wonderful tour and answered all of our questions.

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Reviewed 28 January 2018

You know those old plaster casts that museums used to display because visitors would never have a chance to see the original and photographs hadn't been invented? This is a lovely church and garden that feels like the same principal applied to traditional pilgrimage sites....More

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Reviewed 14 January 2018

When you're tired of museums and the government building tours in downtown D.C., check out the Francisan Monastery for something different. We visited in January, so we didn't see the gardens in full bloom. They're probably very nice. The chapels and catacombs were extremely beautiful...More

Thank JeffandPriscilla
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Susan G, other at Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land, responded to this reviewResponded 23 January 2018

We are glad you enjoyed your visit. The gardens will start blooming in April (and we offer free garden tours on Saturdays, April-September) so please come back and visit!

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Reviewed 29 December 2017

We were there Dec. 23 and enjoyed seeing a loaned collection of nativity sets from around the world. From a modern-day retelling from the U.S.A. to traditional sets from Africa, Asia and South America, it's the nativity as you've probably never seen it depicted before....More

Thank ELAINE L
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Susan G, other at Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land, responded to this reviewResponded 23 January 2018

We are glad you enjoyed your visit. This was the first time we had the Nativities of the World exhibit and they were unique! We hope to hold it again next year (with some new nativities). From April to September, we also offer free garden...More

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Reviewed 28 December 2017

We drove from Baltimore to visit the Franciscan Monastery only to find out that it was closed when we arrived around 3:30 PM and would open at 5:00 PM. We had called and the voice recording message said the Monastery would be open. We were...More

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lizar0
27 December 2016|
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Response from Tom M | Reviewed this property |
closed Mondays, holy days, federal holidays. I would go back.
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Skipperrick
12 July 2016|
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Response from Gay F | 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
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