The Franciscan monastery in Washington, D.C. is a National Historic Site that is a popular destination as a place of worship and pilgrimage for thousands of visitors to the capital of the United States.
The Franciscan Monastery is located at 1400 Quincy St. NE in Washington, DC 20017. Five tours are conducted daily, except on Sundays, when there are only three. You can obtain information by calling (202) 526-6800 or by visiting the web site www.myfranciscan.org. The grounds of the Monastery are open daily and accessible without a tour from 10 AM to 5 PM.
Franciscan monks are members of a Catholic religious order that traces its origin to Francis of Assisi. They follow the tradition of depending directly on the charity of the people for their livelihood. In the 14th century, Pope Clement VI recognized the role of the Franciscans as caretakers of the sacred shrines of the Holy Land, and today, the Franciscans serve as caretakers of the Basilica of the Annunciation in Nazareth, the Basilica of the Nativity in Bethlehem, the Basilica of the Holy Sepulcher, and several other important religious shrines.
Building of the Memorial Church of the Holy Sepulchre was completed in 1899. The architecture of the church is in the Byzantine style with some Romanesque influences. The grounds of the Franciscan monastery have many statues of religious personages, a large rose garden and well-kept flower beds. A path through the gardens leads through a wooded area with azaleas and rhododendrons.
The garden of the Franciscan monastery has a reconstruction of the Grotto of Lourdes, and the interior of the monastery has replicas of famous shrines like the tombstone in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem.
Altars with wood carvings and stained glass windows decorate the walls of the monastery.
A diorama of the crucifixion is displayed on the second floor level of the Franciscan monastery.
The lower level of the monastery has reconstructions of many notable altars, such as the Basilica of the Annunciation in Nazareth, Israel
The Franciscan monastery has replicas of the catacombs and crypts that were used as hideouts by the early Christians and replicas of the altars of several of the churches that Franciscans care for, like the Basilica of the Nativity in Bethlehem, Israel.