Currently, limited guided tours of the church and its Mount Calvary and Holy Sepulchre shrines, plus the catacombs, Purgatory Chapel and Annunciation and Nativity grottos are available on the days below based on tour guide availability. Tours are just under one hour.
Sunday: 12:00 PM & 1:30 PM
Thursday & Friday: 1:00 PM & 2:00 PM
Tours are by reservation only and limited to a maximum of 30 people.
Facemasks are required.
800 years ago, the Roman Catholic Church entrusted the guardianship of the Holy Land of the Christian religion to the Holy Land Friars of the Order of St. Francis, creating what is now known as the Custody of the Holy Land. Their mission is to support the Holy Land and its people and preserve its holy sites. This work has grown to support schools and missions and helps care for children, elderly, families, refugees and others in need throughout the region.
The Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land in Washington, DC is a national shrine run by the Custody’s friars based in America and helps sustain the mission of the Custody. It receives more than 50,000 tourists and visitors annually and sits on 42 acres, with century-old gardens and full-sized replicas of shrines from the Holy Land. Additionally, our vegetable gardens produce over 6,000 pounds of produce every year for the city's poor.
Donations from visitors are always appreciated to help support the work of the Franciscan Friars.
Tickets for Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land Tour can be booked here.
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