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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
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Brought from Spain and reassembled by William Randolph Hearst in 1925, this...

Brought from Spain and reassembled by William Randolph Hearst in 1925, this is a popular wedding spot.

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Hidden Gem

It was a very good experience visiting the Spanish Monastery. This is what I call a hidden gem. You wont see the crowds, you wont see the tourist madness, and you wont see... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
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Hollywood, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Had a school assignment, went around 10am to go service, Episcopal service was very nice, members are very friendly. Monastery was beautiful it was great to be able to read about the history of the place and be able to enjoy all the beauty it has.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It was a very good experience visiting the Spanish Monastery. This is what I call a hidden gem. You wont see the crowds, you wont see the tourist madness, and you wont see people trying to tourist trap you. What you get is a peaceful and serene location with abundance of history. We spent a good couple of hours with... More 

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Boca Raton, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It's amazing that this monastery was able to be reconstructed in NMB after the structure, in Spain, had fallen into serious disrepair. Hearst never got to fulfill his mission of rebuilding this monastery on American soil. That monumental task was left to others after his death. The monastery, standing tall, is now a religious structure once again. Masses are held... More 

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Tulsa, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I have visited the Miami area several times in the past couple of years, but did not find out about the monetary until my latest trip. It was definitely worth taking an hour to go and check it out. Make sure and call before you go. The website states they close sometimes for events.

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2015

I visited the Monastery's website before visiting yesterday - there was no mention that it was closed for a function. Sadly when I arrived, there were signs saying that it was closed for a function.

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Rio de Janeiro
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2015

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 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2015

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.

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Thank RickyHanson
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2015

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.

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Thank Pauline V
Miami, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 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.

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Florida
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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 

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