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Ephrata Cloister, Ephrata

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Historic Site · Hidden Gem · Specialty Museum
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  • Our tour started with a short film to give the viewer background on Beissel and devotees spiritual life and preparing the the Second Coming. By 1750, there were 80 celibate brothers and sisters... 
    Our tour started with a short film to give the viewer background on Beissel and devotees spiritual life and preparing the the Second Coming. By 1750, there were 80 celibate brothers and sisters...  more »
  • When you walk through the gates, it feels like you've been transported back in time. Everything is rustic because everything except the visitor's center is original. You will witness German ingenuity....  more
    When you walk through the gates, it feels like you've been transported back in time. Everything is rustic because everything except the visitor's center is original. You will witness German ingenuity....  more »
  • We have wanted to visit the Cloister for a while to learn more about the history behind it, and even though it took a few years to get around to it, I'm so glad we finally got there. With the price.....  more
    We have wanted to visit the Cloister for a while to learn more about the history behind it, and even though it took a few years to get around to it, I'm so glad we finally got there. With the price.....  more »
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  • Well preserved historic celebrate worship community. Saw beautiful music preformed aucapela in 5 story 18th century building. Took tour and was very interesting. Great museum shop as well.
  • Just went on the lantern tour and really enjoyed it! It is more like a play being acted out than a tour of the facilities. You walk through several of the buildings, but they don't talk about the buildings too much or the articles in the buildings. They are telling a story and you get a sense of what life was life in the mid 1700s. Walking around with the lanterns is very fun. It is fairly well lit, so there isn't much worry about tripping. The biggest hazard is banging your head on the low doorways 😀. Definitely worth the visit for a unique experience!
  • Great tour of the beautiful grounds, buildings and quite an interesting history of how this Cloister evolved and everyone lived then. Highly recommended.
  • I love this place! Deep history and a terrific gift shop. Worth the stop. Currently open on the weekend only
  • Two young grandsons really enjoyed our visit. The video was interesting and out guide very knowledgeable. But we only were in three buildings. I remember visiting there as a young school girl in the early 1950's and I know we got to see more- the printing building, a bakery and gardens. I even remember climbing very narrow steps to other floors. I attended the wedding of one of my nieces in the chapel there in 2005.

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