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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 #38 of 122 Attractions in Miami
Type: Architectural Buildings
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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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56 reviews 56 reviews
10 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

Had heard this was a must visit on the list of SoFla attractions. We spent the afternoon wandering thru the Cloister & quietly enjoying the peaceful solitude found in this historic site. It feels like a small slice of Europe & provides a glimpse of history to an area so very young in its own. Spend time in the center... More

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Dallas, TX
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26 reviews 26 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Beautiful structure and statues, gardens are very pretty. It's a great stop for about 1 hour before or after you eat in or around the area of Calle Ocho. They have a great gift shop. Note if you have a short attention span this is perfect, quick, pretty and interesting.

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Aventura, Florida
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69 reviews 69 reviews
13 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 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
85 helpful votes 85 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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96 attraction reviews
130 helpful votes 130 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
184 helpful votes 184 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
37 helpful votes 37 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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71 reviews 71 reviews
19 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 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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52 reviews 52 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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