St. Meinrad Archabbey, School of Theology, and Seminary, in St. Meinrad, Indiana

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St. Meinrad Archabbey, School of Theology, and Seminary, in St. Meinrad, Indiana

Saint Meinrad Archabbey in St Meinrad, Indiana

Saint Meinrad Archabbey in St Meinrad, Indiana


St. Meinrad ArchAbbey in St. Meinrad, Indiana was absolutely peaceful–and enormous!

It was quite the contrast between the teeny tiny of St. Meinrad and this Spencer County attraction.

St. Meinrad ArchAbbey in St. Meinrad, Indiana

The buildings are amazing. Up on a hill, the archabbey absolutely towers over the small sleepy Indiana town of St. Meinrad.

Snow started to gently fall during our time at the Abbey which only added to the stillness and quiet peace of the area. We almost felt like we were somewhere we shouldn’t be! I think we almost spoke in whispers.

The Saint Meinrad Archabbey is one of only two archabbey’s in the United States. There are only 11 around the world.

St. Meinrad, Indiana Archabbey

Saint Meinrad Archabbey in St Meinrad, Indiana

Saint Meinrad Archabbey in St Meinrad, Indiana

St. Meinrad’s ArchAbbey holds a seminary and school of theology as well as a monastery.

There’s an option for a guided or an audio tour of the campus. Do it! Just give yourself plenty of time. This place is enormous! 

Down at the bottom of the big hill lies a sparkling lake bumped up against a large wooded hill. There’s a nearby grotto that looked to be quite big. I can  just imagine the quiet pathways dug into the hillside for quiet contemplation and reflection, can’t you?

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Saint Meinrad Archabbey in St Meinrad, Indiana

Saint Meinrad Archabbey in St Meinrad, Indiana

I don’t think I have ever experienced such a calming, quiet place in my life.

Saint Meinrad Archabbey, School of Theology, and Seminary in St. Meinrad, Indiana is certainly a unique place to visit.

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Saint Meinrad Archabbey, Seminary, and School of Theology
200 Hill Drive
St. Meinrad, Indiana 47577
812.357.6611

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2 Comments

  1. Jessica Nunemaker April 10, 2014 at 7:45 pm

    It sure is something!

  2. sean January 8, 2014 at 10:54 pm

    I enjoyed your commentary and delighted that my home state houses such a treasure. my only regret is not visiting it yet! it is a “must see” on my next visit!

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