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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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12th Century Revisited

I found this monastery on trip advisor and had to see it for myself. I was truly amazed with the structure and its beautiful gardens. As you walk the cloisters you are taken back... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 19, 2015
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Beverly hills, fl
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Beverly hills, fl
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

I found this monastery on trip advisor and had to see it for myself. I was truly amazed with the structure and its beautiful gardens. As you walk the cloisters you are taken back in time to the days when the monks walked them. The arch design is truly amazing an to see the actual coat of arms in stone... More 

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Pompton Lakes, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Attended the most beautiful wedding in my life there this past August. I was so amazed by the place!

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Miami, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

This is a hidden gem. The Ancient Spanish Monastery is a beautiful place. Not too much time is required to stroll around the monastery! It is a very peaceful atmosphere and you leave the place feeling very relaxed! If you would like, they offer a yoga class inside the monastery! I went with a friend to take the class and... More 

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Miami Beach, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

This is the oldest building in the U.S. when you don't count the Conquistador-built fort at St. Augustine. Built around the 12th century, this one came to being one block at a time in the U.S. when newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst brought it back after seeing it in Spain. Each piece (over 11,000 crates) was dismantled, labeled, and shipped... More 

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Miami, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

What a beautiful setting. No wonder so many couples used this as a wedding venue. Historic. Beautiful cloister. Makes you feel you took a trip to Spain.

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Austin, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

There is only so much sitting on a beach that I can do so I'm always looking for a little distraction from the sun and sand. This was the perfect place to visit...lovely gardens, peaceful surroundings, and some interesting information about the monastery and the historical artifacts in the museum.

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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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Roanoke, VA
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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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Montreal, Canada
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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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