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Monastery Immaculate conception, Ferdinand

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The Monastery Immaculate Conception is a monastery in Ferdinand, Indiana. It is home to one of the largest communities of Benedictine women in the United States. It is located approximately fifteen minutes from St. Meinrad Archabbey.HistoryThe convent, locally known as "the Castle on the Hill", was founded in 1867 by nuns from the St. Walburg Monastery in Covington, Kentucky. The monastery operated a normal school early in its history, and placed on emphasis on teaching, with nuns traveling throughout the United States and the world in order to teach. Although the abbey faced declining numbers in the late 20th century, this trend has since reversed.ConservationIn 1983, the Monastery and other outbuildings and structures were added to the National Register of Historic Places as the Convent Immaculate Conception Historic District. The complex includes the main building constructed in 1883-1887. A major expansion to the complex began in 1915 and includes the Romanesque Revival style convent chapel.
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  • Had not planed to stop did not even know about the monastery. One night stop in Ferdinand on a road trip. Looking a place to eat and saw it in the skyline. Went the next morning for a tour. WOW, what ...  more »
  • It's just a hidden treasure. Don't miss it. It's so beautiful: the grounds the drive up, the building, the gift shop....I loved it.  more »
  • Gracious sisters love telling their story. This place is a treasure. It is amazing story and cool to see a vibrant community of sisters doing various ministries. The gift shop is perfect for getting r...  more »