Historic Ephrata Cloister

632 West Main Street, Ephrata, PA 17522 - United States





The mystical vision of one German immigrant inspired a community of believers to compose over 1000 hymns, create a body of unique calligraphy, and build a home for those seeking religious freedom in Colonial Pennsylvania. Conrad Beissel and his followers stand as an excellent example of William Penn’s vision of religious toleration. Founded in 1732, this unique spiritual community was known for its:
• Architecture (original buildings)
• Music (the members wrote over 1000 hymns)
• Fraktur (German calligraphy)
• Printing business (the Brothers printed the largest book in the Colonies prior to the American Revolution)
The lasting achievements of such a small group of people are truly amazing!


Watch our introductory video, tour the Sister's Dormitory (1743) and Meetinghouse (1741) and visit our Exhibit "Prelude to Paradise." A cell phone tour and self-guiding brochure help you navigate other original buildings not on the tour. Walk this tranquil historic site taking in the natural beauty that is the essence of Ephrata Cloister. No visit to Ephrata Cloister is complete without a stop at our Museum Store filled with merchandise reflecting our German Heritage and finely crafted by Pennsylvania artisans.

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