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I was looking for something to do while visiting the Basilica of the National Shrine of the... read more

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If you're going to the National Catholic Cathedral nearby, don't miss this amazing gem. It's calm... read more

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Reviewed 12 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.

Date of experience: April 2017
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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.

Date of experience: February 2018
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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.

Date of experience: February 2018
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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. The lower level of the church is only possible to visit on a guided tour, which leans religious rather than touristy and is particularly historically accurate. It's worth seeing if you live in the DC area and have a car because it is really is a pretty church but it's not what I'd recommend for a visitor to the area with limited time.

On a practical note, plenty of parking, clean restrooms, vending machine with water. Also, the lower floor of the church and the underground sites in the garden were much cooler than the outside air.

Date of experience: January 2018
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Reviewed 15 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 and not your typical D.C. tourist attraction. If you're looking for something different, check out this monastery.

Date of experience: January 2018
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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