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On Saturday February 17, club members will go to the Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land in America.

Located in Washington, DC, the historic Monastery is the U.S. home of the Holy Land Friars who, for 800 years, have cared for the sacred shrines and the Christians in the Holy Land. Visit the monastery to explore the full-size replicas of Holy Land shrines, beautiful church and contemplative gardens.

Visitors are welcome to enjoy the main church and gardens on their own, but you can also go on a guided tour, which includes an introductory video, “behind the scenes” information and access to places not visible without a guide including the catacombs.

Reservations are not required for groups of 6 or less. You may take photos for personal use in church. You may take photos during the tours, but without tripods. (Tripods require advance permission.) When taking photos during tours, you may not disturb the tour guide or other visitors, or you will be asked to stop taking photos.

Plan to arrive about 10 AM get a the lay of the land and aim for the 11 AM tour. Click here for directions.

There are other tours as follows:
Monday – Saturday: 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m.
Sunday: 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m.

At all times, regardless of where you are in the Monastery, be respectful of others who might be praying and/or in confession. Eating and drinking are not allowed in church. Cell phones must be silenced, put on vibrate or turned off. Photography for personal use is allowed. Commercial photography, video recording and/or tape recording must request special permission. Personal belongings must remain with visitors at all times. No items may be left in the lobby, such as umbrellas, lunch bags, backpacks, strollers, etc. The Monastery is not responsible for lost or stolen belongings. There are no eating facilities on the premises. There are, however, several restaurants and an organic market located nearby on 12th St., N.E.


Russ has give us a selection of local eating places near the Franciscan Monastery

  • Monroe St between Michigan & 7th are a couple of fast food places:  Potbelly Sandwiches, &Pizza and Chipotle
  • Monroe St between 7th and 8th: Brookland Pint (great pub food)
  • 12th between Monroe & Newton: Wings to Go, Subway and Brookland Grill (there’s also a couple other places but I’ve never been to any of them)
  • 12th between Randolph & N Quincy: San Antonio Bar & Grill (great TexMex)

If you are attending or have any questions, please send an email to Bob and Susan Webber our field trip chairman at fieldtrips@arundelcameraclub.org.