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Carmelite Monastery - 137 Photos & 20 Reviews - Churches - 1000 Lincoln St, Santa Clara, CA - Phone Number - Yelp
The atmosphere is so breath taking. I love this church there is so much solemnity each time I visit for mass. I can't for this pandemic to be over so I can start visiting the church again every Saturday mass.
If there's one thing I really appreciate about my girlfriend (besides her insatiable love for boba and pooches), it's the fact that she's gotten me to appreciate the little things in life.
Before meeting her, I had always been about that fast life. Every minute of every hour had to be preoccupied by something productive; there was no such thing as mindfulness or "taking it slow" in my vocabulary. But for the last few years, I've learned to appreciate the very simple things in life.
Case in point: Last Sunday, I took my girlfriend to SantaClara's CarmeliteMonastery since it was only a mile away from her house. Back in the day, I would never dream of coming here. Who cares about walking around some church? Where's the buzz of life?
On the contrary, that's exactly why we went. This public space was pretty relaxing and awesome! Every inch of the monastery offered something cool to check out. I loved that there was a giant palm tree in the center, the outside of the church itself looked ancient, and it was cool that all the walls were painted pink! Best of all, everything was so quiet. Although we weren't allowed to take pictures, we used this as an opportunity to soak in the present moment. I felt at ease and didn't want to leave.
For those of you looking for a chill activity in the South Bay Area and don't want to pay, the CarmeliteMonastery is definitely worth checking out. I'd for sure give it a "Nice-su, you can take your parents here and they'll be happy" rating.
I have a daily challenge of a little discovery a day...this wonderful discovery made my Friday! I like to use my lunch breaks to do a mix of workouts/picnics/walks/finding new places around SantaClara. I did not see any discalced cloistered carmelite nun, but surely had my nice quiet time at the very local 'getsemani olive grove'.
It is just fantastic! It is so great to walk there alone, in silence, no one around. I tried to enter inside the church but it was closed (even though as per their schedule it should have been opened). Still, I had a great time breathing there after all these heavy rains of past days, watching the cotton clouds, the pinkish facade and walls, walking around the olive trees.
Independently of your religion or spiritual inclinations, this is a must place to visit in SantaClara. I will of course go back to inspect the church and feel the peace. Beautiful location and very well preserved and maintained.
Close to San Jose airport and to kill time we decided to stop at this landmark. There's a small driveway to drive into the monsters, but I would advise to park on the street. When you walk through the gates, there's a small pathway leading up to the church. The grounds are peaceful and beautiful. We spent about a good 30 mins walking around. There was a docent touring with a guest and he was so nice to invite us along.
We were able to actually go inside the church, and the church is beautiful! Very pristine, clean and quiet. I was able to take a few photos inside. Just immaculate!
Unfortunately this was our favorite place to take a nice reflective walk. There was trash all over the place and even beer cans and cigarette buts along the pathways. There are always people taking photographs there, which kind of takes away from it being a religious refuge. I was really disappointed in this visit.
We came here on a rush during Holy Thursday. You see, my family has planned to visit this place days days before however things didn't go well in our favor in the early parts of the day. The monastery's website said that they close by 5 pm and we only had about 15 minutes left to go in, say a little prayer and leave. Little did we know that there would be a mass (washing of the feet) that was scheduled on that day. Feeling that this is a blessing in disguise we stayed to attend it.
The chapel is small but intricately decorated. The structure is Spanish influenced and the insides was covered with religious moldings. What usually shows a big cross in the altar, the monastery actually has the statue of the holy family.
During the mass, 3 priests presided and the nuns sang. The solemnity of the mass was deeply felt and it was a great visit over all.
I hadn't been to the monastery for months, until this morning. Found this morning that they posted signs reminding visitors that the monastery is a private property, and saying "No photography allowed." Also not allowed are painting get togethers, picnics, drones. Good for them! I guess it all got out of hand, and looking up the monastery location in Instagram, yes, you can see all kinds of things the monastery was being used for, everything but worship and contemplation.
I look forward to the monastery once again being a peaceful oasis, a place of contemplation, and not what it ended up being for so many...a hipster attraction. Yay if that's over now.
My family and I recently took a trip to SantaClara and on our early afternoon stroll stumbled upon the CarmeliteMonastery. The Monastery is quietly tucked away off of Lincoln Street in Silicon Valley. We decided to take a stroll on the grounds admiring their beautiful well maintained property appreciating all of our surroundings even though we were in the middle of Winter. Many of the plants were in their dormant stages, so we could only imagine how beautiful the grounds would be during the Spring with it's rose garden in full bloom. A cute place to do some meditation and contemplation while taking in some nature.
They say, that once baptized Catholic, you are always Catholic. I don't believe this is true... but I like to think of it as similar to Military. Once you're in the Military, you're always considered a member of that family. This thought, makes me warm and fuzzy inside!! :-)
So... that being said...
My mom used to bring me to this church when I was about 3 yrs old - around 7 yrs old. I've gone there past that, on my own a few times, only because it was a place I loved and felt at peace. The nuns would put me in this turnstile they used to pass things from outside of the building back to them in their private quarters. LOL Sister Mary was my favorite (though they were ALL wonderful!). I got a glimpse of what no-one other then the nuns see, behind that wall where you hear their angelic voices singing, but never see the nuns themselves. It was AMAZING!!! Their black starched robes, with white trim around their faces and necks... their warm smiles and loving eyes. I loved them so much, and their secret hidden world, to which I was privileged enough to witness. Those memories will last a lifetime! LOL My mom and I were talking about it last night, and she was surprised I remember as much as I do, considering how young I was when I used to be put into the turnstile!!
Let's talk about the church... can we say O.M.G.?!?!? This amazingly beautiful gothic building, with niches along the sides inside that house beautiful statues. The floors echo when you walk, and the whole place feels as if time stood still. As if YOU stood still. The feeling of peace, and... more. I don't know how to explain it. Grandeur? Tranquility? Heavy but lifting at the same time? I don't know... I'm not religious at all anymore, but the feelings I get when I remember this place... make me long to go back and see it again.
The gardens were my favorite part of this incredible property. They are so tranquil and relaxing. Even now, if I lived close enough I would probably be in their gardens quite often on a blanket with a book... reading and listening to the sound of the birds and soaking in the gorgeous scents that permeate this little slice of "Heaven on Earth".
Really beautiful monastery, very peaceful and quiet. A perfect spot for a morning walk. However, my quiet morning was ruined by a group of loud college kids who kept yelling about how this is "Team Valor territory" while tapping furiously on their iPhones. The kind of tapping you do when the Internet is lagging and your pizza order just isn't going through.
Also there was a funeral going on and the funeral-goers looked very puzzled. Kids these days!
Beautiful, open to the public, quiet. Large olive grove is great for remembering Holy Week and Christs time of prayer in the garden of Gethsemane. Whenever we run into nuns they are so kind and hospitable, and love that our kids are with us.
Beautiful gardens and church here! It is a beautiful sanctuary in the middle of Silicon Valley. There is easy street parking and it's always open durning the day. They have a bell schedule when they ring from the church.
I love visiting this place which was my family's residence between 1895 and 1908. The author Jack London worked for my grandfather in Dawson City during the Klondike Gold Rush. He visited my grandfather here in 1901 and used the setting as the opening scene of his novel "The Call of the Wild". I have always enjoyed visiting this place both as a result of family history and its own qualities.
When I visited this year I was well received and was lucky enough to be guided around by a marvelous docent Alicia Peters. On the basis of friendliness, wit and charm she could not be surpassed. She was helpful informative and an attentive listener. She said her brother Mark wanted to write about the history of the place and I gave her my email address. To my disappointment I have not heard from either of them.
I rarely go to church. reason i stopped going was because of homily. It's rare that i can find a priest that can speak clearly, a priest that is direct to the point and need not go circles about things...and a priest that is simple and genuine. I liked my mom's birthday mass here.
no fuss. straight to the point homily. no choir that's out of tune and all.
it was.. SOLEMN.
cute little church. the inside is small but vintagey.
I have a daughter so you can see why I might be interested in the local nunnery!
SantaClara is blessed to have a convent tucked away near the old downtown (down the road from SCU and St Clare). The place is coming up on it's 100th anniversary (founded in 1917).
You can't find a better oasis of tranquility than a group of gals who have cloistered themselves from the outside world. On Sundays they allow folks from the outside world to attend mass. If you are lucky you might catch a glimpse of a nun, but often not you'll only hear their angelic singing voices from their private viewing are off to the side of the altar.
It is a great change from the normal Sunday mass at the local parish, so I encourage anyone who marvels at those that lead a quiet religous life to check out this wonderful place. The public gardens and chapel architecture are stunning, but it just makes the mystery of the private lives behind closed doors and high walls is all the more compelling!
I discovered Carmelite Monestary in the old downtown area of SantaClara quite by accident.. I listed a house right across the street~ an early 1900s craftsman. Every day the bells would ring, providing a meditative moment of tranquility.. I shared the story of the monestery across the street with our Open House visitors as another unique point of interest* There is a daily morning mass that visitors can attend, and a beautiful serene garden path to walk as well.