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The Ancient Spanish Monastery

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Address: 16711 West Dixie Highway, St. Bernard de Clairvaux Church, North Miami Beach, FL 33160
Phone Number: 305-945-1461
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes
Activities: Getting married
Description: Brought from Spain and reassembled by William Randolph Hearst in 1925...
Brought from Spain and reassembled by William Randolph Hearst in 1925, this is a popular wedding spot.
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Pretty Historical Site

I thought that this place was beautiful, the landscaping was gorgeous. Rather small attraction, but very neat architecture and history. You probably only need about an hour to... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 22, 2015
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Greenfield
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21 reviews 21 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

I thought that this place was beautiful, the landscaping was gorgeous. Rather small attraction, but very neat architecture and history. You probably only need about an hour to tour here, unless you spend a lot of time photographing, etc (then maybe 1-2 hours).

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Orlando, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

Wow!! This is a beautiful cloister and gardens. If you're in the Miami area, you really should stop by and see it. I am still amazed Miami has such a hidden gem. The part that surprised me the most is it's Episcopal instead of Catholic.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

We did not expect to find this beautiful old monastery in the middle of residential area. It is always nice and cool there even in the middle of the hot day.

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Miami Beach, Florida
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109 helpful votes 109 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

The the Ancient Spanish Monastery is a great way to spend an afternoon wandering around the ground and imagining yourself transported back in time to old world Europe. It is very peaceful and beautiful Such a hidden treasure in North Miami Beach.

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Providence, Rhode Island
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

This is the oldest building in the Western Hemisphere. The work, detail and history of this place is AMAZING. This place should be on your list of things to see when you are in South Florida

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Miami
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

Learn the history on how this was built stone by stone. Nice gardens and statues. Many (some famous) people were married here.

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Miami, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

Quite by accident I stumbled upon the Ancient Spanish Monastery. As luck would have it, the priest who leads worship there was present and gave a more detailed tour to those of us interested in it. (My 7 year olds were not interested!). It is an unusual building, in an unusual location, with an unusual history. Recommend a brief stop... More 

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Warminster, Pennsylvania, United States
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

A transplanted Spanish cloister from the 12th century. The cloisters and chapel were so peaceful and beautiful. The history of the monastery was fascinating. Not an easy location to find but well worth the visit if you are in the area.

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Reading, Massachusetts
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

In 1925 W. Randolph Hearst purchased the Cloisters from a town in Spain that had been abandoned for years. It was shipped to America and reconstructed in Florida. Interesting history. The site itself is low key. It is presently owned by the Episcopal Church. The entrance is low key and small. The walk across the courtyard to the Cloisters is... More 

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Bern, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

We joined the late Christmas service in the chappel. It was very nice and they really did a good job. The priest is very into what he is doing.

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