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The Ancient Spanish Monastery

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Address: 16711 West Dixie Highway, St. Bernard de Clairvaux Church, North Miami Beach, FL 33160
Phone Number: 305-945-1461
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes

Brought from Spain and reassembled by William Randolph Hearst in 1925, this...

Brought from Spain and reassembled by William Randolph Hearst in 1925, this is a popular wedding spot.

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Beautiful hidden spot

I found out about the monastery on a "hidden gems" list and enjoyed a quick visit on a Saturday morning. The monastery was beautiful and the gardens splendid. There is a small... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 21, 2016
MaryBeth H
Athens, Georgia
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Sunrise, Florida
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It is a small monastery, actually not even the whole one, but a partial reconstruction, it has nice gardens, but if you try to take pictures you simply cannot. You will have to pay 200USD unless you use your cellphone.... I think that is simply excessive. There have been some artists who have used the monastery to record some videos.... More 

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Athens, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2016

I found out about the monastery on a "hidden gems" list and enjoyed a quick visit on a Saturday morning. The monastery was beautiful and the gardens splendid. There is a small museum in the gift shop. It's a great place to go and take some photos and stroll around the gardens. Be sure to call before going, as the... More 

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Stratford, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2016

Great wedding experience. The wedding ceremony in a 12th century chapel. The dinner was great. All around a great experience.

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2016

As a caterer, I had the pleasure of catering our daughter's wedding there and it was magical! That was a while ago, but when I went back there again, I remembered those feelings. The ambiance there made me feel like I was in Robin Hood territory. I expected a knight in shining Armour to show up. the cobblestone is very... More 

Thank RachelGebaide
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2016 via mobile

I am amazed by the place but what will it cost to get an italian translator to review your guide? It is poorly written and make me so sad to read this guide

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Austin, Texas
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2016

Tried to do something cultural before my flight out of Miami. Drove all the way over to the Spanish Monastery and it was closed on a Friday afternoon. Sign said come back Sunday. Sadly will not be back to Miami soon.

Thank Eric R
North Miami Beach, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2016

Old monastery surrounding by a beautiful garden. The bricks of the 12 century monastery were brought from Europe, each one with a number and reconstructed in North miami Beach.

Thank Silvana M
Miami Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2016

I nice and quiet place to go for a walk and learn some of the history that happen and how this Monastery was built.

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Miami, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2016

You MUST see this place. It's worth it to wait for a parking space. Natural light filled cloisters make for gorgeous photos and the courtyard is absolutely picturesque. The gardens needed a little trimming and one of the fountains wasn't working, but on the whole, the gardens were the least interesting thing about the whole place (besides the fact that... More 

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2016

The story of how this traveled from Spain is impressive. For those who may not travel to Europe to see places like this in authentic locations, this is a worthy substitute. Very peaceful and beautiful. Very impressed with the original stained glass windows that are over 800 years old! Visiting here can easily be combined with the Aventura Mall just... More 

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