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The Ancient Spanish Monastery

16711 West Dixie Highway, St. Bernard de Clairvaux Church, North Miami Beach, FL 33160
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Cultural
Activities: Getting married
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Brought from Spain and reassembled by William Randolph Hearst in 1925, this is a popular wedding spot.

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Miami Beach, Florida
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

The place is awesome, the park is beautifully decorated. I went there for a baptism and even though the church is kinda small, it is very nice and cozy. It is worth to visit.

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Orlando, Florida
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42 reviews 42 reviews
33 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

The monastery is small and simple in comparison with those you would find in Spain or Europe for that matter but, let’s remember that here in the US and especially in Florida it is difficult to find places that are as monumental, impressive and rich in architectural details like in the European countries. The monastery is still very nice, it... More

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

I wish I could give this place a better rating but it was lacking a lot. Some of the statues and decorations were badly placed or not that great quality. Like the framed descriptions shouldn't have been placed in the great halls or by some of the statues because it takes away from the setting and pictures. The garden needs... More

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2 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

The truth is, half of the monastery is still in Spain, so if you have ever been in Europe and seen a real monastery, this one is not very impressive. They also modify the original floors and other pieces ...

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Houston, Texas
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25 reviews 25 reviews
7 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

All the travel guide said was Ancient Spanish Monastery, relocated to the US. We decided to check it out, paid the $8 admission and walked in. Ok... looked like an Ancient Spanish Monastery, statue here, coat of arms over there. Then we bumped into the resident priest, 'You know who you are taking a picture of he asked?' I really... More

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16 reviews 16 reviews
11 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

Old monastery was neat due to age. A few walking trails (short) and a small museum. A little expensive for what was there but glad that we took the time to stop and check it out.

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
20 reviews 20 reviews
6 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

We had done some brief research before visiting and expected more info once we were there. It's $8pp to get in and they give you a small brochure with minimal background. We had to use our phone to google more in-depth details of what we were looking at. The place is peaceful...our day was not busy and we had plenty... More

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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85 reviews 85 reviews
48 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

Nothing is cooler than 800 year old ruins...unless you could cut out travel time, booby traps & pay a mere $8 to go back in time. Perfect for the family with an imagination but a limited budget for archaeological expeditions. My 9 year old is still talking about this and now owns an Indiana Jones whip...

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Miami Beach, Florida
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

Crazy history! an old monastery from Segovia Spain dating back 1200 years was bought by the Hearst family, disassembled, and sent via boat to California, but never made it. Got stuck and reassembled in Miami! Padre Alberto, the former catholic priest that got caught with a woman, then married the woman in this monastery as an Epicopalian. Greynolds Park a... More

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Toronto, Canada
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46 reviews 46 reviews
8 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2014

Love this place for photo opportunities ... the history is fantastic and the light shining through the trees make for nice photos any time of the day. It's not very big so you won't get tired walking around. I went their early in the morning and plan to return next time I am back down in Miami.

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