56. franciscan monastery dc
I want to share something with you, but you may need to sit down for this.
You may not like it, but here goes:
I’m not a huge fan of the Catholic church.
I’m talking about the institution here. The church has done some great things in the city most definitely and I love Catholics for all they do. But the history of the institution is less than stellar in my opinion.
If you’re still here, this much is clear: No matter your thoughts on the church, you can’t help but thoroughly enjoy the Franciscan Monastery in Washington DC.
The Franciscan Monastery in DC has a pretty cool history: Nearly 100 years ago, the church decided to recreate holy sites for people who could not travel around the world to see them. And what they created turns out to be one of the most beautiful locations anywhere in the city.
You can go on a self-guided tour of the outdoor gardens and enjoy a nice quiet stroll or relax for a bit in the shade without being bothered. Or if you prefer, you can be accompanied by a monk and learn more about the beautiful gardens and the history of the monastery.
The gardens are lovely, but there’s more. Underneath the Franciscan monastery, along with a complete order of friars and nuns, is a full replica of the Roman catacombs.
Tour the gardens, check out the Lourdes grotto, and be sure to visit the underground catacombs. The Franciscan Monaster is one of those truly unforgettable things to do in DC. The gardens are especially beautiful in the spring. I think you’ll love it.
What a hidden jewel!
1400 Quincy St NE
(between N 13th St & N 14th St)
Washington, DC 20017
Photo Credit: Mr T in DC