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“quiet hidden gem in busy miami” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Cloisters of the Monastery of Saint Bernard de Clairvaux

Cloisters of the Monastery of Saint Bernard de Clairvaux
16711 W. Dixie Highway, Miami, FL 33160
305 945 1462
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Ranked #49 of 295 things to do in Miami
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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59 reviews
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“quiet hidden gem in busy miami”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2012

The story behind the Spanish Cloisters here is quite interesting. The grounds are peaceful and quiet and the building itself is lovely. We were the only ones here when we visited (besides the many resident cats who we found charming). Having the place to ourselves, we wandered around for 45 minutes or so, using the pamphlet from the gift shop as a bit of a guide. The location is popular for weddings, and it's easy to see why. There are some photos in the gift shop detailing the move of the cloisters to America, and a few dusty relics from the past that provide some historical context. Our impression was that they don't receive many tourists here, but it was a welcome break to visit a place that wasn't full of other out-of-towners. You likely won't stay for more than an hour at most, but you'll be pleasantly surprised (and refreshed) by a visit to this restful and relaxing place.

Visited March 2012
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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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“Tranquilty and mystery”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2012

This old spanish manastery is still a peaceful and wonderful spot to wander and meditate. Its still an active church so be respectful.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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“Very Beautiful”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2011

Contrary to other reviews, we loved it here. We went as a family of seven and spent half the day there. It may not be the primary attraction if you only have a day in Miami, but otherwise it is definitely worth the trip, great way to spend a calm afternoon.

Visited May 2010
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Atlanta
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“Don't Waste Your Time”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2008

Brought to the US by William Randolph Hearst, this fragment of a medieval monastery is nothing to get excited about. You can see more interesting architecture of more recent vintage in the US, but if you want to see European religious buildings, why not go to Europe? This place is a dump -- a junky introductory "museum" exhibits a few artifacts in desperate need of professional conservation (it's painful to see historical objects and a manuscript neglected in this way), a garden, a cloister, and a small chapel. The "self-guided" tour consists of a cheap and confusing photocopy of poorly-written desciptions of the monastery. That's it. It's not worth $10 -- in fact, it's a bad idea to give $10 to an institution that takes such poor care of its artifacts. The website, if you can believe it, is more professional than the real thing. Save your time and money and skip this sad excuse for a tourist trap.

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