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“Citizen Cain lives again!” 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 #29 of 85 Attractions in Miami
Type: Architectural Buildings, Cultural
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London, United Kingdom
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“Citizen Cain lives again!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2013

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!

Visited September 2012
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“Cloisters of the Monastery of Saint Bernard de Clairvaux”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2012

My husband and I drove to Timo's Restaurant in North Beach. Then we took a short drive to the Cloisters. The building was erected in Spain and then brought to the United States by William Randolph Hearst in 1925. After his death in 1952, Messrs. W. Edgemon and R. Moss purchased it for a tourist attraction. It took 19 months and almost 1.5 million dollars to put the Cloisters back together in what Time magazine called the 'world's biggest jigsaw puzzle." In 1964, the Cloisters was bought by Col. Robert Pentland, Jr. It was purchased for an Episcopal parish and is active today.

Visited December 2012
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Miami, Florida
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“Peaceful and serene”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2012

There are some nice artifacts to look at and old pictures about how the monastery was broought here. The grounds are beautiful with some nice statues and some resident cats. The littl chapel is very nice. Great place for some nice pictures.

Visited August 2012
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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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“excellent place with amazing service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2012

Went to visit here during my vacation as I randomly stumbled upon this place.This place is abosoloutly beautiful. Beautiful cloisters and amazing garden. Carolina inside the guest shop was amazing about the history of this place. She really knows her stuff!!!Very polite and friendly.Place is very informative and would recommend this to anyone.

Visited July 2012
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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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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