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Cloisters of the Monastery of Saint Bernard de Clairvaux

16711 W. Dixie Highway, Miami, FL 33160
305 945 1462
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Ranked #37 of 123 attractions in Miami
Type: Architectural Buildings
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Aventura, Florida
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69 reviews 69 reviews
13 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

Over the many years I've lived in South Florida, the Monastery has been a place to share with friends, attend several weddings, and a place to read or meditate. It's worth a visit for its historical and peaceful aura right within our local grasp.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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127 reviews 127 reviews
55 attraction reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014

When you visit this Ancient Spanish Monastery, make sure you have a camera with you. There a lots of photo opportunities, both inside the buildings and outside, in the beautifully kept grounds. The interior of the 12th century buildings has fountains, altars, courtyards, chapels, etc. that should make any picture-taker happy. The exterior is just as inviting for photography. It's... More

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Union, New Jersey
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257 reviews 257 reviews
95 attraction reviews
125 helpful votes 125 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2014

This is a Roman Catholic Monastery . . . now an Episcopal Church . . . . dating from the early 1100's and was used as such for over 700 years before the new secular government of Spain seized it. It was then used for various purposes. In 1925, the American newspaper publisher, William Randolph Hearst purchased the Cloisters and... More

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Bucharest, Romania
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352 reviews 352 reviews
135 attraction reviews
181 helpful votes 181 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2014

Aka Ancient Spanish Monastery...First please check with them on the opening times. They say on the web you should do that because of filming and events. And it seems to be right. We went there and we had a window of 30 minutes to visit due to an event. But for us was exactly the alloted time slot... Beautiful is... More

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Orlando, Florida
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27 reviews 27 reviews
12 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2013

I learned about St. Bernard de Clairvaux through the book “Weird Florida” and was intrigued with the story of an 800 year old Spanish Monastery residing in Florida; Think about that for a second, Columbus hadn’t even discovered “the new world” when this was built. I had visited the Hearst Castle in California and was highly impressed with Hearst’s collection... More

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Miami Springs, Florida
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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

Museum, Church , Gardens, patio and lots of histories. This place has been used in lots of commercials, movies and pictures and it is one of the favorites locations in town for wedding pictures because of the beautiful landscape, gardens and architecture

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Pebble Beach
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69 reviews 69 reviews
19 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2013

This isn't a particularly scenic or serene place. It's tiny, as in REALLY tiny. It felt like visiting a wedding reception facility in a park. The gardens should be expanded. If you've been to any of the missions in California, or the Cloisters at the Met, this will be a real let down. We didn't feel like sitting and meditating... More

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Land O Lakes, Florid
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53 reviews 53 reviews
19 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2013

We stumbled on this beautiful, peaceful Cloister in Miami Beach by seeing it advertised in the attractions booklet you can pick up in hotels. It has a very interesting story of how it came to be disassembled in Spain and reassembled in Miami. It is like being back in Europe - I have never seen anything like this in the... More

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Miami Beach, Florida
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31 reviews 31 reviews
14 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2013

This Spanish Monastery was disassembled brought to US and re-assembled. Charming chapel for weddings and perfect courtyard for receptions. Very reasonably priced, but booked years in advance. Nice to visit for an afternoon browse.

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Hopewell, New Jersey
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27 reviews 27 reviews
5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2013

The monastery was very peaceful and beautiful. Walking through the Cloister I felt like I was touring a church in Europe. It takes about 1.5 - 2 hrs to experience the building and gardens. I want to visit again and soak up more of the peace that swirls in the breeze under the arches.

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