Forming the southeastern corner of the Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area, the Monastery of the Holy Spirit is a Cistercian monastery where monks live in peace and contemplation. (Take note – you can tour the Monastery with one of the monks themselves on one of our Highlights & Insights Tours!) Get a taste of this historic spiritual community with these cool facts:
- The Abbey Church (seen above) has been called “Georgia’s most remarkable concrete building.” The monks built it by hand over the course of 15 years.
- When the monks initially came to Georgia in 1944, they lived in a barn on nearby Honey Creek Plantation while the Monastery was under construction.
- The Monastery’s Monastic Heritage Center is a place where visitors can learn about the daily lives of the monks and see a replica of the cells the monks lived in when they first came to Georgia.
- You can buy delicious fudge and fruitcake, as well as beautiful bonsai, at the Abbey Store.
- Covering over 2,000 acres, The Monastery of the Holy Spirit is one of the largest privately protected greenspaces in Metro-Atlanta.
- The Monastery includes a Conservation Burial Ground, Honey Creek Woodlands, where people can be buried in an environmentally sustainable manner. The entirety of Honey Creek Woodlands is protected under a strong conservation easement.
Join the next Highlights & Insights Tours to see the lives of the monks up close, from the beauty of the Monastery grounds to the peace of the Abbey Church!