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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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Defintely worth a stop for some living history

When I first heard the term "ancient" Spanish monastary I had to laugh. But then I learned that this really is a 600+ year old structure diassembled and shipped in 11,400 boxes to... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 2, 2015
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Arcadia, CA
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Arcadia, CA
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89 reviews 89 reviews
35 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

When I first heard the term "ancient" Spanish monastary I had to laugh. But then I learned that this really is a 600+ year old structure diassembled and shipped in 11,400 boxes to America to be reassembled and preserved. The benefactor - William Randolph Hearst. The stonework, woodwork, carvings and masonary are simply amazing - one exhibit notes that this... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

amazing property great place for a wedding. You get transported out of Miami the moment you step foot on the grounds

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

This 100 + year old building was what one of the first buildings in Florida and is unforgettable. It is part of an actual church and more a place to visit while in the area then a destination in itself.

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Greenfield
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

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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43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
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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123 helpful votes 123 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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135 helpful votes 135 helpful votes
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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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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Address: Address: 16711 West Dixie Highway, St. Bernard de Clairvaux Church, North Miami Beach, FL 33160
Phone Number: 305-945-1461
Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  North Miami Beach

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