Willam Randolph Hearst, newspaper magnate, and barely disguised leading role in the movie "Citizen Cain" heard that the
Spanish Army had occupied a Cistercian Monastery, during the Spanish Civil Way. He determined to save it from the ignomeny of being a refuge for many horses, and succeeded in buying these cloisters, and shipped them to Miami, enroute to Heast Castle, his Palace in California.
Unfortunately, US Customs balked at allowing the straw that the stones were wrapped in, into the US, and the whole shipment was quarentined.
Heast Castle's loss is South Florida's gain, and although the Church is not the original, it is still nice to visit. Strange that it should have Anglican services, next to this part of a former Catholic Monastery!
The history is really more impressive than the attraction, but if you are spending a week or more in Miami, consider driving here on the way to Fort Lauderdale!
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