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Cloisters of the Monastery of Saint Bernard de Clairvaux
16711 W. Dixie Highway, Miami, FL 33160
305 945 1462
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Ranked #56 of 277 things to do in Miami
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“Pretty good...”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

This was a stopover to burn about an hour before heading to the airport. While I agree that the buildings have a great story, and thus a great allure, don't come thinking you'll see much more than buildings and a few artifacts. The building has historical significance but contextually it is strange to have it plopped down in the middle of north Miami. In either event, while not the grandeur of the Duomo or Medici Chapel, it's a nice way to spend an hour and read how the puzzle piece building was deconstructed before relocation to the states. You'll also learn how the wooden crates (and hay) were burned as a health precaution during transit and then how it all was reconstructed without the identification of the marked crates. Friendly staff. Students get in for $5.00.

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“Photographer's playground”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

Get there as soon as it opens. There will be no people there and the light is good on illuminating two stained glass windows on the side gallery opposite where you come in. Exposure is tricky so watch your histogram and shoot in manual to catch full dynamic range. If the wind is not blowing try some shots of the foliage from inside the colonnades. Oh yeah, did I tell you bring a tripod?

Visited March 2015
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SJ, California
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“World's largest jigsaw puzzle”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

The history of this ancient monastery transported from Spain to this out of the way spot in Miami is worth investigating on its own . . . but I recommend taking a side-trip to this serene spot to learn of its travels and re-assembly while walking through it. In addition to artifacts on display, there is a video run periodically at the main entrance but be sure to pick up the guide brochure and read it while you are there! I was so entranced, that I ended up missing some of the points of interested listed. A yoga class was just leaving as we entered the cloisters . . . what a perfect setting with the burbling fountains and gentle clinking of the miniature glass chandeliers dangling from the courtyard trees. A couple of well tended cats escorted us through the gardens and grounds which are equally manicured. Check the website for the days and times this site is open and plan at least an hour to explore.

Visited December 2014
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“A lovely calm place in Miami”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

This was our first attraction in Miami and it was wonderful. A very quiet, lovely place with lots to see. I enjoyed the stonework cloisters, all original, the gardens, the lovely large illuminated music manuscript, some original furnishings. The little chapel which is still in service as an Episcopal church had a lovely feeling to it. It was well worth the visit.

Visited December 2014
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“Beautiful”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

A very beautiful place to spend a little bit of time. Interesting historical artifacts are inside the museum. The jewel of this Monastary are the Cloisters, which are magnificent.

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