Guided Tours

Guided tours are available of the interior of the Main Church and last approximately 45 minutes. The first part of the tour comprises the Upper Church and the second part the Lower Church, where the catacombs are located.


Please note: Tours of the Lower Church, including the catacombs, are only given to two or more people. When in the Lower Church, visitors must remain with the guide at all times. The Lower Church is only accessible by stairs. It is not wheel-chair accessible nor is there an elevator.


Walk-ins are welcome. Visitors are welcome to join a tour in progress. There is no tour fee, but donations are greatly appreciated. Groups of six or more must make reservations. Tours in Spanish are available by reservation only. To schedule a tour, call 202-526-6800 or submit an inquiry.

Note for visitors:

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.

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