I learned about St. Bernard de Clairvaux through the book “Weird Florida” and was intrigued with the story of an 800 year old Spanish Monastery residing in Florida; Think about that for a second, Columbus hadn’t even discovered “the new world” when this was built.
I had visited the Hearst Castle in California and was highly impressed with Hearst’s collection of art and buildings and St. Bernard de Clairvaux is no exception; it is by all accounts a work of art.
Step inside and you feel instantly transported to another place, another time. The grounds have a serenity that just can’t be put into words.
I arrived to take a short tour and head home from Miami and wound up staying several hours just taking the whole place in and taking pictures.
This historic place is a must see if you are in the area.