There’s No Chapel In The World Like This One In Idaho

We’ve shown you some beautiful churches in Idaho before – our state is full of them! But few people know about this stunning retreat in Cottonwood that features Idaho’s finest monastery – a place where art, faith, history, and beauty blend.

The Benedictine Sisters of the Monastery of St. Gertrude sprang forth from humble beginnings in 1882 before forming a small cloister in Switzerland. Time and compassionate callings eventually brought them to the American Northwest, where the movement from Washington to Oregon to Idaho was prompted by a growing convent with a desire to serve. After the generous donation of a piece of land in Cottonwood, the sisters relocated permanently, and the process of building the Monastery of St. Gertrude was completed in the 1920s. Following the completion of the initial chapel, additional undertakings throughout the community allowed the Benedictine sisters to make a far-reaching difference in healthcare, education, and art.

Today, St. Gertrude’s is still a thriving education and worship center, as well as quite possibly the most beautifully ornate church in the state. Take a look at some of the unique sights to behold here.

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St.Gertrude’s is such a unique and lovely part of Idaho’s history that is all-too-often overlooked. Take some time to meditate and enjoy nature at this chapel and garden the next time you take a trip through Cottonwood — you won’t want to miss it! For additional opportunities at St.Gertrude’s, be sure to check out their website as well.

Have you ever visited the inn, museum, or chapel here, or even toured the grounds? What did you think?