St. Francis Monastery, less than mile from the Takoma Park Metro, is a gem, an oasis in the middle of Washington, DC. A beautiful church and gardens where they just had the blessing of the animals on his feast day (maybe St. Francis was a precursor to Dr. Doolittle?)
A Roman Catholic monastery, there are Confessions every hour, called the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Honey and rosaries are for sale in the bookstore.
St. Francis Monastery was designed for the faithful who may not always be able to go on an expensive pilgrimage to go to the Holy Land(s) aka Israel and Rome. There are Catacombs, mini versions, Sarcophaghi. Tombs are designed and crafted just like those built by 12th Century Crusaders. And some saints actually buried there!
Right here on top of a hill it sits in Washington DC, not far from the Takoma Park Metro.