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Franciscan Monastery, Washington DC

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4.6/5 based on 130+ reviews on the web
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  • This is a wonderful place visit to admire the interior work of the main hall, to learn about Christianity, and to enjoy the wonderful the outdoor garden. The place can be easily accessed and found by ...  read more »
  • I had no idea a monastery like this was even in DC, and my friends certainly didn't! It is an incredible grounds and peaceful place to relax and slow down from our busy lives. i recommend it to all!! 
  • Finding this location was quite easy. When I walked in I was greeted by a pleasant attendant, who directed me to the guided tour area which I am very grateful I did because he passionately shared a we...  read more »
  • I saw the monastery for the first time when I was there with the Ron Freeman Chorale to sing musical portions of the Good Friday western service on a balcony above the nave. The acoustics were spectacular. The layout of the church and its chapels is cross shaped and in one part of the nave is a replica of the Holy Sepulcher. Even before you enter their sacred space, the areas outside have beautiful porticoes in the Italian style. I was in several hallways where I enjoyed beautiful small and large art glass in odd locations and interesting pieces of Roman Catholic art like Germanic wood carvings, needlework, stonework and other lovely expressions of devotion. I saw a few monks hither and yon. After the service which we could not see from our perspective but in which we participated with music, we saw all sorts of people in the church spaces below in long lines to visit the replica of the Holy Sepulcher which thankfully I had visited with another chorister before going to an upstairs balcony. Before the service, we ere able to practice some of our repertoire in an astounding room with a piano in the center surrounded by monk's stadii, i.e. carved chairs in which you can stand, lean on arms, or sit for hours as appropriate to the service. I didn't even know they normally existed in the western churches until this visit. I look forward to visiting again and being a part of next year's concert as long as it doesn't conflict with the Julian calendar. I think this would be an appropriate place to bring children on a visit to enjoy and explain the architecture. It is handicap accessible via entrances and elevators.
  • A beautiful church in DC. I heard they have a botanical garden. I didn't get a chance to go in because I forgot my battery. So next time I'll go there and take some quality pictures of the area for those have religious belief or some place to stay and pray.
  • My gay husband and I have always felt welcome here. I personally think that many of the monks are (non-practicing) gays themselves. The gardens are fabulous, the gift shop has fun religious kitsch, and the acoustics in the church make for an interesting musical experience. It is a real spiritual oasis in the city.
  • Beautiful grounds and a nice church. Once a year plant sale.
  • Beautiful buildings and gardens. Lots of great history and beauty. The indoor and outdoor walking tours are a must.
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