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“12th Century Monastery Relocated From Spain” 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 #28 of 85 Attractions in Miami
Type: Architectural Buildings, Cultural
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Union, New Jersey
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“12th Century Monastery Relocated From Spain”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2014

This is a Roman Catholic Monastery . . . now an Episcopal Church . . . . dating from the early 1100's and was used as such for over 700 years before the new secular government of Spain seized it. It was then used for various purposes. In 1925, the American newspaper publisher, William Randolph Hearst purchased the Cloisters and the various out-buildings . . . . . . . had them dismantled stone-by-stone and each stone numbered so it could be reassembled in America. About the time they arrived in this country, Hearst fell upon hard times and the stones were stored in a warehouse in Brooklyn until 1952.......... when they were purchased to build a tourist attraction.

It took 19 months and $1.5 million dollars to put the Monastery back together again. It was later purchased and given to the Episcopal Diocese of South Florida and part of it serves as an active Episcopal Church.

The old building along with various statues, Spanish strong boxes, photographs, furniture, paintings, and altars all combine to make this a worthwhile stop when touring the area.

Visited January 2014
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Bucharest, Romania
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“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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Orlando, Florida
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“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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“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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