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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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Fun and educational

We had a great morning learning and seeing this monastery. It was fascinating to hear how it came to be located in Florida.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 22, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015 via mobile

We had a great morning learning and seeing this monastery. It was fascinating to hear how it came to be located in Florida.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

This site is very well maintained with a small museum at the entrance. Beautiful garden between the entrance and the monastery. Great building with stained glass in the chapel and many statues of old Spain.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

We came here on a whim during a long weekend visit to Miami, and it turned out to be one of the highlights of the trip! The grounds and buildings are beautiful, with some nice pieces in the museum. Our toddler enjoyed having a little room to run in the gardens and I enjoyed the history of the place. Well... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Worth a stop if you pass by North Miami. 3 reasons: 1- you will learn interesting facts about history and monastic life 2- it is tough to believe that they moved the monastery block by block from Spain to Florida. Yes, they did. A couple of columns are reproductions since hollow, but they have really moved that rock monument over... More 

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Arcadia, CA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

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

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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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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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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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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