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The Ancient Spanish Monastery

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Address: 16711 W Dixie Hwy, St. Bernard de Clairvaux Church, North Miami Beach, FL 33160-3714
Phone Number: 305-945-1461
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes
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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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Old World meets the New World

Reputed to be the oldest non-indigenous structure in the United States, this 12th century Spanish monastery is sublime. The courtyard would be a perfect party or wedding venue... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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Miami, Florida
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Miami, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Reputed to be the oldest non-indigenous structure in the United States, this 12th century Spanish monastery is sublime. The courtyard would be a perfect party or wedding venue and the chapel is sweet. Walk the gardens.

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Alicante, Spain
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It's ok, but a little small for a monastery, doesn't have a lot to see. With student ID it's only $5 if not its $10.. The best is the patio. I'll rather go to Vizcaya Museum, it was amazing.

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

having been to Segovia, the story here intrigued me. pleasantly surprised. senior discount, over 62 is $5, others $10. nice pleasant setting.

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Miami
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2016

We went there not knowing quite what to expect. Found a delightful small Spanish Monastery. There were quite a few artifacts to look at and be enjoyed as well as a small gift shop. A garden with blooming flowers leads to another building on the grounds that houses a small chapel which is lovely. There is a fee to enter.... More 

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Sunrise, Florida
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2016

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 

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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.

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