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New Camaldoli Hermitage, Big Sur

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Religious Site · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
New Camaldoli Hermitage (formally called Immaculate Heart Hermitage) is a rural Camaldolese Benedictine hermitage in the Santa Lucia Mountains of Big Sur, California, in the United States. The Camaldolese branch of the Benedictine family was founded by St. Romuald in the late 10th century. It was consecrated under the Immaculate Heart of Mary and was known by that name for its first decades, but its official name is New Camaldoli

The Hermitage was founded in 1958 by two monks from the motherhouse in Camaldoli in Tuscany, who had spent two years searching for a site that combined solitude and natural beauty. It is located at an altitude of approximately 1,300 feet (400 meters), and is approached by a winding road that is nearly two miles long, which gives the visitor a clear view of the landscape and Pacific coastline.

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  • This hermitage is a place of welcome, acceptance, peace, and beauty. Don’t come here if you like to talk or need cell or internet signal. But come here if you wish to disengage with the race...  more »
  • Amazing coastal views and sunset over the ocean. Lovely peaceful grounds to meditate and stay for a quiet retreat or as a day visitor. Chapel services are throughout the day which are optional...  more »
  • such a peaceful, beautiful place. the drive up is amazing. the store has some great items espcially the Holy granola.
  • Would highly recommend. Great place to truly be alone and enjoy the presence of God combined with nature.

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