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The Ancient Spanish Monastery

Address: 16711 West Dixie Highway, St. Bernard de Clairvaux Church, North Miami Beach, FL 33160
Phone Number: 305-945-1461
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: Getting married
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Brought from Spain and reassembled by William Randolph Hearst in 1925, this is a popular wedding...
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Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: Getting married
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Brought from Spain and reassembled by William Randolph Hearst in 1925, this is a popular wedding spot.

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Reading, Massachusetts
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116 reviews 116 reviews
50 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

In 1925 W. Randolph Hearst purchased the Cloisters from a town in Spain that had been abandoned for years. It was shipped to America and reconstructed in Florida. Interesting history. The site itself is low key. It is presently owned by the Episcopal Church. The entrance is low key and small. The walk across the courtyard to the Cloisters is... More 

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Bern, Switzerland
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40 attraction reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

We joined the late Christmas service in the chappel. It was very nice and they really did a good job. The priest is very into what he is doing.

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Dallas, Texas
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45 reviews 45 reviews
25 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

I got married here in a destination wedding and was amazed that such an ancient structure existed in the U.S. The pictures definitely made it seem as if we got married abroad. We were going to be married in the courtyard but due to light rain they moved us to the chapel at no cost. The surroundings and gardens make... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

The place is nice, a lot of people in Miami don't even know if exist, I will recommend it for families

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Miami Beach, Florida
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

The place is awesome, the park is beautifully decorated. I went there for a baptism and even though the church is kinda small, it is very nice and cozy. It is worth to visit.

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Orlando, Florida
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34 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

The monastery is small and simple in comparison with those you would find in Spain or Europe for that matter but, let’s remember that here in the US and especially in Florida it is difficult to find places that are as monumental, impressive and rich in architectural details like in the European countries. The monastery is still very nice, it... More 

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

I wish I could give this place a better rating but it was lacking a lot. Some of the statues and decorations were badly placed or not that great quality. Like the framed descriptions shouldn't have been placed in the great halls or by some of the statues because it takes away from the setting and pictures. The garden needs... More 

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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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7 attraction reviews
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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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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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