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Church of the Transfiguration

5 Bay View Dr, Orleans, MA 02653-2206
+1 508-255-1094
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Not a simple matter

Although I gave this church three stars, it is definitely not "average." But Trip Advisor doesn't... read more

Reviewed 31 October 2017
Limmson
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Westchester County, NY
Mosaic workshop weekend with Amy Marks.

Beautiful mosaics, heard the pipe organ being played, and some of came back later to hear the choir... read more

Reviewed 2 October 2017
Nancy S
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The Church of the Transfiguration is the center of Community of Jesus - an ecumenical Benedictine monastic community located at Rock Harbor on the shores of Cape Cod Bay. The Community follows a daily rhythm of prayer including Eucharist and Liturgy of the Hours (sung in Gregorian chant). Constructed of Minnesota limestone, and designed by William Rawn Associates of Boston, the Church of the Transfiguration is a contemporary expression of an ancient 4th century style of architecture, and recounts the story of salvation through mosaic and fresco images, bronze, glass, and stone sculpture. The organ is a restoration and expansion of pipework from twelve organs built by the E.M. Skinner Organ Company in the early 20th century. Sunday Eucharist -- 10:00 Weekday Vespers -- 5:30pm Saturday Choral Evensong or Vespers -- 5:15pm TOURS -- Monday - Saturday at 3:00pm Organ demonstrations -- Fridays at 3:30pm Priory Books & Gifts -- Monday - Saturday 10am - 6pm(Wednesdays the Church is closed)
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“private tour” (5 reviews)
“rock harbor” (8 reviews)
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5 Bay View Dr, Orleans, MA 02653-2206
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Reviewed 31 October 2017

Although I gave this church three stars, it is definitely not "average." But Trip Advisor doesn't have a rating to indicate "great in some ways, but highly questionable in others." The church itself is magnificent beyond belief--so magnificent as to arouse curiosity as to how...More

Thank Limmson
Reviewed 2 October 2017 via mobile

Beautiful mosaics, heard the pipe organ being played, and some of came back later to hear the choir sing. Magnificent! A must see for those who appreciate artistic talent!

Thank Nancy S
CommofJesus, Public Relations Manager at Church of the Transfiguration, responded to this reviewResponded 4 October 2017

Thank you so much Nancy, so glad you enjoyed your visit!

Reviewed 17 September 2017 via mobile

Visiting this church with its wonderful architecture and art in the centre of a what seemed a very gentle community was inspiring. Our guide took a lot of time to explain the story of how the church came to be built with explanations of all...More

Thank Jeannie2207
CommofJesus, Publicist at Church of the Transfiguration, responded to this reviewResponded 18 September 2017

Thanks for sharing your experience. For those who are unable to visit Cape Cod there is a virtual tour on the Church of the Transfiguration website.

Reviewed 16 September 2017 via mobile

This is the most beautiful mid-sized modern church that I have even seen in the U.S. The frescoes, carved stone and mosaic floors are incredible. It has the only "surround sound" organ I have ever heard and the pipes, behind louvered doors, run almost the...More

Thank Glenn T
CommofJesus, Publicist at Church of the Transfiguration, responded to this reviewResponded 18 September 2017

Thanks so much. The floor mosaic is one of the largest installations of Byzantine mosaic church art in North America, all hand-crafted. So glad you had the opportunity to see it. It is our joy to share it.

Reviewed 11 July 2017 via mobile

Wow. From the beautiful mosaics to the very descriptive tour led by our excellent docent, Barbara, to the beautifully designed structures and grounds, a visit to this church is really worth the stop. It really is like nothing I've seen in the United States. Hearing...More

Thank Andrea D
CommofJesus, Publicist at Church of the Transfiguration, responded to this reviewResponded 11 July 2017

We are so glad that your visit to the church was a blessing to you. Thanks for sharing your experience. Our services are all open to the public as well. Join us on Sunday mornings at 10 am for Eucharist, and hear the tower bells...More

Reviewed 1 July 2017

We just made it in time for the last part of the organ demonstration. The organist was very imformative and accomplished. We were so fortunate to have a tour of the church after the organ demonstration. We lucked out and had a private tour given...More

Thank Remycub
CommofJesus, Publicist at Church of the Transfiguration, responded to this reviewResponded 3 July 2017

Glad you were able to hear the E.M.Skinner organ! Sharing our church with visitors is one of our great joys. Thanks for sharing your experience with others.

Reviewed 13 June 2017

This was the surpreise of the trip, Absolutely beautiful, you don't have to be a person of faith to admire the Mosaics, Frescos and Bronze work. The best artisans in each field spent years finishing the interior of this beautiful church.More

Thank mikonop
CommofJesus, Publicist at Church of the Transfiguration, responded to this reviewResponded 15 June 2017

Thanks so much for visiting. We are so grateful for the artists from France, Germany, Italy, Monaco, Ireland and the United States who dedicated their vision and gifts to this project. We enjoy meeting the many visitors who "happen upon" during the church during a...More

Reviewed 16 April 2017

I highly recommend visiting this church and taking the guided tour if your travels take you to Orleans, MA. You can reserve a tour time online at a time that fits your schedule. The community is an ecumenical one governed by an elected superior and...More

1  Thank ITRT
Christy H, Publicist at Church of the Transfiguration, responded to this reviewResponded 13 June 2017

Thanks so much for your kind review! It is our joy to share our church with those who stop for a visit. For those who are not able to visit there is a virtual tour on our website. Please take a look.

Reviewed 26 September 2016

Inspiring church that welcomes all for services they say but also welcomes all for tours. The building is a work of art. The pipe organ is unbelievable. Make sure you take a tour (or attend a service) that will allow you to experience a demonstration.

2  Thank Lester A
CommofJesus, Publicist at Church of the Transfiguration, responded to this reviewResponded 18 November 2016

We are very glad that your visit to the Church of the Transfiguration was a blessing to you. Every Sunday all are welcome to join us for Eucharist at 10:00 am. The weekday service schedule is available on our website.

Reviewed 17 September 2016 via mobile

We were lucky enough to get a quick private tour oneThursday morning ! Intricate tile work, amazing organ, lovely grounds.

3  Thank Linda S
CommofJesus, Publicist at Church of the Transfiguration, responded to this reviewResponded 18 November 2016

Thanks for visiting. For those who are not able to visit the Church in person there are many photographs on the website, plus a virtual tour! Please enjoy!

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