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“Peaceful and exotic place” 5 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 #34 of 122 attractions in Miami
Type: Architectural Buildings
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Bucharest, Romania
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135 attraction reviews
Reviews in 125 cities Reviews in 125 cities
180 helpful votes 180 helpful votes
“Peaceful and exotic place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2014

Aka Ancient Spanish Monastery...First please check with them on the opening times. They say on the web you should do that because of filming and events. And it seems to be right. We went there and we had a window of 30 minutes to visit due to an event. But for us was exactly the alloted time slot... Beautiful is too less for this place. Other TA fellows described the history so I will not add this. Worth the travel to it. Beautiful, historic, lush, green...

Visited January 2014
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  • Portuguese first
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Orlando, Florida
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22 reviews 22 reviews
10 attraction reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
“Breathtaking”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2013

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.

Visited November 2013
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Miami Springs, Florida
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“Beautiful historic building”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

Museum, Church , Gardens, patio and lots of histories. This place has been used in lots of commercials, movies and pictures and it is one of the favorites locations in town for wedding pictures because of the beautiful landscape, gardens and architecture

Visited August 2013
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Pebble Beach
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“Not much here”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2013

This isn't a particularly scenic or serene place. It's tiny, as in REALLY tiny. It felt like visiting a wedding reception facility in a park. The gardens should be expanded. If you've been to any of the missions in California, or the Cloisters at the Met, this will be a real let down. We didn't feel like sitting and meditating anywhere, as it wasn't particularly conducive to that. 15 minutes in and out. We even asked if there were more. There wasn't. We were tragically disappointed.

Visited August 2013
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Land O Lakes, Florid
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“Peace and Serenity in Miami”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2013

We stumbled on this beautiful, peaceful Cloister in Miami Beach by seeing it advertised in the attractions booklet you can pick up in hotels. It has a very interesting story of how it came to be disassembled in Spain and reassembled in Miami. It is like being back in Europe - I have never seen anything like this in the States. There are a lot of antique artifacts in the visitor center including an interesting Pope's Cabinet from the 1600s. The gardens are very European looking and the Cloister is beautiful including the little chapel which is used for services.

Visited August 2013
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