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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 #31 of 117 attractions in Miami
Type: Architectural Buildings
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Orosei
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2013

The monastery is a little old gem embedded in a brand new city, the oldest building in USA for sure. The garden is really nice, the building is beautiful - maybe because was made in europe centuries ago - and walking in the cloisters you can almost feel in medieval Spain. Frankly i could live without christmas decorations in the... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2013

I found this to be a fascinating building. The history of how it was transported to the US and rebuilt was amazing! For a few blissful hours I felt as if I were back in Spain! It is so quiet here in the middle of North Miami Beach----a real respite. The gardens and chapel are lovely.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2013

Willam Randolph Hearst, newspaper magnate, and barely disguised leading role in the movie "Citizen Cain" heard that the Spanish Army had occupied a Cistercian Monastery, during the Spanish Civil Way. He determined to save it from the ignomeny of being a refuge for many horses, and succeeded in buying these cloisters, and shipped them to Miami, enroute to Heast Castle,... More

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Tampa, Florida, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2012

My husband and I drove to Timo's Restaurant in North Beach. Then we took a short drive to the Cloisters. The building was erected in Spain and then brought to the United States by William Randolph Hearst in 1925. After his death in 1952, Messrs. W. Edgemon and R. Moss purchased it for a tourist attraction. It took 19 months... More

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Miami, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2012

There are some nice artifacts to look at and old pictures about how the monastery was broought here. The grounds are beautiful with some nice statues and some resident cats. The littl chapel is very nice. Great place for some nice pictures.

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2012

Went to visit here during my vacation as I randomly stumbled upon this place.This place is abosoloutly beautiful. Beautiful cloisters and amazing garden. Carolina inside the guest shop was amazing about the history of this place. She really knows her stuff!!!Very polite and friendly.Place is very informative and would recommend this to anyone.

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2012

The story behind the Spanish Cloisters here is quite interesting. The grounds are peaceful and quiet and the building itself is lovely. We were the only ones here when we visited (besides the many resident cats who we found charming). Having the place to ourselves, we wandered around for 45 minutes or so, using the pamphlet from the gift shop... More

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2012

This old spanish manastery is still a peaceful and wonderful spot to wander and meditate. Its still an active church so be respectful.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2011

Contrary to other reviews, we loved it here. We went as a family of seven and spent half the day there. It may not be the primary attraction if you only have a day in Miami, but otherwise it is definitely worth the trip, great way to spend a calm afternoon.

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Atlanta
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2008

Brought to the US by William Randolph Hearst, this fragment of a medieval monastery is nothing to get excited about. You can see more interesting architecture of more recent vintage in the US, but if you want to see European religious buildings, why not go to Europe? This place is a dump -- a junky introductory "museum" exhibits a few... More

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