Monastery Immaculate Conception


On the National Register of Historic Places, the Monastery Immaculate Conception rises majestically on a hill in the middle of the town of Ferdinand. Known as the Castle on the Hill, the centerpiece of the monastery is the church, which was constructed from 1915-1924. The Sisters of St. Benedict, of Bavarian German background, established the monastery when they came to Ferdinand from Covington, Kentucky in 1867 to teach the children of German immigrants attending the parish school. German remained the main language of the town until the early 1920s. Extensive interior and exterior restoration was completed with the dedication ceremony and mass on August 21, 2005. Self-guided and guided tours are available. The dome of the church is 87 feet from floor to top, 137 from the crypt to the top of the dome. The church is filled with angels -- 94 in all -- some appearing around the altar, and some in stained glass windows around the dome and on the lower level beyond the sanctuary. The windows, designed by a monk from nearby St. Meinrad Archabbey, were installed in 1932. The sanctuary also features elaborate carved woodwork.


802 E 10th St
Ferdinand, IN 47532


38.22427000, -86.85436200
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(812) 367-1411

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