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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

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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I could never imagine

Although I've been to Miami several times, this was my first visit to the Ancient Spanish Monastery. And what a surprise! It is a very nice place, hidden in a secondary street... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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Rio de Janeiro
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35 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Although I've been to Miami several times, this was my first visit to the Ancient Spanish Monastery. And what a surprise! It is a very nice place, hidden in a secondary street, just a few miles from the Aventura Mall. It is a very well kept construction with wonderful gardens. The U$10 for the entrance is cheap, compared to the... More 

Thank SPRossi
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Ancient Spanish Monastery in North Miami is a beautiful to place to visit and take photos. The story behind the building is amazing and so is the architecture and surrounding gardens. You will take several beautiful photos here.

Thank RickyHanson
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12 reviews
12 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great walk through a small old world structure. Not much detail in terms of the stonework. Time. And weather worn should be a free exhibit. Ok for south Florida.

Thank Pauline V
Miami, Florida
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

I love this place I recommend the tourists to come to visit the Spanish monastery, I attended to a service the people are very friendly.

Thank Olivia G
Maricopa, Arizona
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14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2015

What a beautiful place! First, the history. Wow! Something ancient in the middle of a modern city. To think it was brought over stone by stone from Italy to Miami. Second, the peaceful solitude. We were the only people on the grounds when we visited. It is so quiet that you forget you are in the middle of a busy... More 

Thank AZDesertFlower
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67 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015

We stopped at the Ancient Spanish Monastery on our way back north, at the end of our little vacation in Miami. It had just rained that morning, but the sun was back out providing the most beautiful, almost mystical light reflected on the damp stones and grass. It was absolutely fascinating! I just wanted to see this place for myself,... More 

Thank luce_del_nilo
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37 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

Great monetary, with a cool story on how it was built. The artifacts are well maintained, though a bit pricey for a monastery. Beautiful gardens, very peaceful

Thank Honza B
Margate, Florida
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55 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2015

The Ancient Spanish Monestary is a lovely spot to visit, a beautiful, tranquil oasis tucked into north Miami. The combination of the historical background of the structure combined with the lush landscaping and the peaceful chapel and the artifacts in the visitors center provide a visit full of visual stimulation. The small gift shop area in the visitors center has... More 

Thank Jemmie33063
San Antonio, Texas
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187 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2015

Thoroughly impressed with the visit to this site. Having visited the Hearst Castle in California, I was intrigued by the history of how this monastery ended up in Florida. The grounds and gardens are very nice and walking through the monastery brought back memories of some of the places I've visited across Europe...which is understandable considering the history of this... More 

Thank Greg H
Pompano Beach, Florida
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8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2015

We were looking for some place to visit with out of state friends and found the Monastery. Beautiful place I highly recommend you visit (possibly in cooler weather).

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