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Holy Cross Abbey Monastery

Holy Cross Abbey Monastery

2951 US-50
Cañon City, Colorado
81212 United States

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Cañon City, CO is home to one of the most haunted places in the state, Holy Cross Abbey Monastery. Come Explore its mystery with Haunted Journeys.

The History

Benedictine monks made their way from Pennsylvania to Breckenridge, CO in 1886 for missionary work. They moved to Cañon City in the early 1920s. The monastery originally named Holy Cross was completed in 1925. Although the end construction tab was triple the budget, the $600,000 building housed up to 90 Benedictine Monks. The Abbey functioned as a boys school, a college, a seminary, and a boys camp.

Enrollment began to decline and by 1985, the Abbey announced it would close the school but continue to function as a monastery. The monastery closed in 2005 and the property was sold to a private investment company in 2007.  Today it is used as a winery and events complex for weddings, meetings, banquets, retreats, reunions, car shows, expos, celebrations, and more. 

The Hauntings

Walk through the maze of dark corridors and feel the spectral energy that continues to linger at the historic Abbey Monastery. Stories of spirits at the monastery include Brother Mark, who was the leader of the glee club. He used to sit up in the bell tower and play the organ in the afternoons. Now, the automated carillon plays hymns around noon. But sometimes the carillon plays not at the appointed time as if someone is playing them.

You may also come face to face with apparitions of former monks that are spotted wandering the halls. 

There is a secret tunnel in the basement that connects the monastery to the Ullathorne Hall. It was used to discretely cross between buildings. Today the secret apparently is divulged by the spirits that remain here, for it is where the darkest and heaviest reports of spectral activity have been documented.


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Date added: Jun/19/2019 | Last time updated: Jun/01/2020
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