Franciscan Monastery

Catacombs of Washington, D.C.

Useful Information

Location: 1400 Quincy St NE, Washington, DC 20017.
Northeastern Washington, DC. Via North Capital to Michigan Ave., NE, then right turn on Quincy St.
(38.937480, -76.985220)
Open: All year daily 10-15.
Guided tours hourly on the hour, Sundays only in the afternoon.
Online booking 48 h in advance mandatory.
Fee: free.
Classification: SubterraneaSubterranea Museums
Light: LightIncandescent Electric Light System
Guided tours: D=50 min, Max=30, Min=2.
Photography: allowed
Accessibility: no
Address: Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land in America, 1400 Quincy St. NE, Washington DC 20017, Tel: +1-202-526-6800. E-mail:
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1899 Reverend Father Godfrey Schilling started building.


Reverend Father Godfrey Schilling tried to provide a place in the United States for people who do not have the time, money or good health to visit the Christian sights of old Europe. Beneath his church and monastery, in the garden, he reconstructed important shrines of the Holy Land and the catacombs of Rome. The reconstructions include:

  1. the Grotto of Lourdes
  2. the Grotto of the Nativity, Bethlehem
  3. the Catacombs of Rome
  4. the main church is patterned after Istanbul's Hagia Sophia
  5. Christ's tomb
  6. Holy Sepulchre shrine in Jerusalem
  7. Nazareth Annunciation grotto

The garden is the main sight of the monastery Mount St. Sepulchre. It is noted for its wealth of flowers. The whole monastery is open for visitors and free, but for the inside of the buildings and the grottoes it is necessary to take a guided trip.