Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land in America

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1400 Quincy Street Northeast, Washington, DC, USA

Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land in America Washington Reviews

Andy99 Andy99
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The Holy Land in Washington Feb 18, 2017
Franciscan friars have been present in the Holy Land (today's Israel, Jordan, Lebanon Egypt and Syria) since the 13th century. They are considered to be the custodians of pilgrimage sites such as the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and the Church of the Nativity. In the late 19th century, Holy Land Franciscans sought to construct a replica of the Holy Sepulchre in the United States. A site was located in Washington, DC, and a church and monastery completed in 1899.

The Church of Mount Saint Sepelchure and its grounds have seen expansion and development since that time. The church is an active Catholic church and the Franciscan monastery remains a place for retired Holy Land friars. The grounds have been developed into gardens that include replicas of several pilgrimage shrines.

An video describing the work of the Franciscans the Holy Land precedes a tour. Very informative about work at these sites I had not previously known about. Tours of the church are led by a friar. Our friar guide had worked with the order in Egypt and is now retired. He was originally from Chicago, was very personable and easy-going, and displayed quite a sense of humor. Inside the church, designed in the shape of a Jerusalem Cross, is a replica of the Holy Sepulchre, four corner chapels, a baldacchino such as one might expect to find in Europe, stained glass, and a three-dimensional sculptural depiction of the crucifixion.

The crypt level under the church displays a replica of the catacombs of Rome, the Purgatory Chapel and chapels with relics of St. Benignus and St. Innocent. Everyone wants to see the catacombs replica.

After the tour, Susan and I walked out into the garden. It was mid-February, so the floral displays were not what they would be in Spring and Summer. Nevertheless, due to the warm winter, a few flowers were beginning to bloom. Around the church is the Rosary Portico with plaques displaying the Rosary in 150 languages.

Susan and I had wanted to make a visit for a while and were glad we did. A very interesting and different site and recommended.

There is no charge to visit, but donations are appreciated.

The Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land in America is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
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Statue of St. Francis.
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Facade with Romanesque influences.
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Great review. Lovely place. Thanks.
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