Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land Tour

Franciscan Monastery

Wednesday, May 15 
1:00 PM -2:00 PM
1400 Quincy Street NE, Washington, DC 20017
Registration Required

Join OLLI members on a tour of the Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land in America. A guide will escort us as we view full-size replicas of the Mount Calvary and Holy Sepulcher shrines in Jerusalem, reproductions of the Nazareth Annunciation and Bethlehem Nativity grottos, and Roman catacombs. After the tour, take in the beauty and tranquility of the enchanted Franciscan Monastery Garden, vibrant and beautiful in the month of May. This is an attraction that is easily seen on foot, and it’s one of the best natural views in the district!

The Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land in America was built in 1898 by Father Godfrey Schilling, OFM, who reproduced the sacred shrines at the monastery to encourage pilgrimages and allow those who could not make a journey to the Holy Land to see and experience the shrines for themselves. The result is a stunning church and gardens filled with historic replicas right in the middle of DC.

The Franciscan Monastery is a national, religious shrine. Please be respectful while in the church and the gardens. Eating and drinking are prohibited in church. Cell phones must be silenced, put on vibrate, or turned off. Photography for personal use is allowed. Respectful dress is required for the church.

Meeting Point: We will meet at 12:45 in the Tour Lobby. To get there, walk through the main gate of the monastery and enter the door marked “Visitor’s Entrance”.

Getting There: The monastery has ample free parking in their parking lot across the street from the church. Using public transportation, the monastery is an 18-minute walk from the Brookland Metro stop, or a five-minute walk from G8 and 80 bus stops.  The monastery is in the Brookland neighborhood near Catholic University of America.  You can find complete information on transportation here.


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