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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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As featured in Miami off the beaten path
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites
Activities: Getting married
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Description: Brought from Spain and reassembled by William Randolph Hearst in 1925, this is a popular wedding spot.
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2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 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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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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
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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
19 reviews 19 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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37 helpful votes 37 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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11 helpful votes 11 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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6 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 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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Boston, MA
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

check the maps first..our Tom-Tom and iPhone Google maps had us too far north or too far south, or else right next to the highway. The site is quite mixed...yes, it's the 12th century building but also an active parish with homeless in the parking lot and tables at lunch for a free lunch. The entrance building is not of... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2014

We thoroughly enjoyed admiring the monastery and its many artifacts and did not realize that this is the oldest building in the United States. It is quite amazing that something from the 1100's could be deconstructed and brought over from Spain and then totally rebuilt in another country. Listening to Sunday Episcopalian church services (different times for Spanish and English),... More

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2014

Who would have thought there are buildings this old in Miami. William Randolph Hearst had these cloisters, monastery, and outbuildiings completed in 1141 A.D. in northern Spain shipped to the US in the 1920s but the stones remained in their crates until the 1950s when two enterpreneurs had the buildings reconstructed. In the 1960s a philanthropist gifted the property to... More

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