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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
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+1 305-945-1461
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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Beautiful wedding venue

Beautiful little church,Well kept garden. Perfect wedding venue with a touch of history. Offers services in multiple languages.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Beautiful little church,Well kept garden. Perfect wedding venue with a touch of history. Offers services in multiple languages.

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Livonia, Michigan
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It was built in Spain and taken down stone by stone and reassembled here. Without that backdrop, the monastery would not be all that special. It is nice for an hour-long visit.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A beautiful old monastery., in the middle of a street you don't expect. Lovely gardens. A nice half day excursion. When you are finished wth the hustle and bustle head to this venue. Great little area with a good iItalian grocery store near by.

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Chevy Chase, MD
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Hearst brought this over from Europe brick by brick. Here is your chance to see an authentic building and artifacts dating back to the 1100's. The only other people there were taking wedding pictures.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 28, 2016

I have lived in Florida most of life and love to weekend travel to anywhere in Florida. I had won tickets to the Ancient Spanish Monastery on BiddingForGood. The moment you park, you realize that great care is taken to preserve the monastery and the gardens around it. It is a sanctuary in the middle of bustling North Miami and... More 

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North Miami Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 16, 2016

This is a beautiful monastery of 1200 AD that was "imported" from Spain, stone by stone, and reassembled in a large garden from which you don't see the surrounding buildings. There is the Cloister and the Chapel, both extremely well kept. Peaceful and restful ambiance. You can spend from one to two hours enjoying the place. It is not usually... More 

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Miami, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 2, 2016

This is a small gem in traffic crazed North Miami. Just a stone's throw from Biscayne Blvd. and all the shops/restaurants. The Spanish Monastery provides a contemplative, lovely spot.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016

This place is something truly amazing. A complete Medieval monastery imported brick-by-brick from Spain and reassembled here in North Miami. The gardens are incredibly beautiful, and so are the cloisters. This is a fun excursion for the family which will take just an hour or two, at most. Definitely bring your camera.

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North Miami Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 16, 2016

A friendly docent told us about the history of the structure when it was in Europe and how it got the U.S. Originally intended to be reassembled in California the story of how it ended up in Florida is very interesting too. The grounds are very relaxing and very nicely designed and maintained. The architecture is wonderful too.

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North Miami Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 12, 2016

I went to wedding here and it was the most romantic and beautiful wedding I've ever been to. It's a great place to discover, so much beauty to look at. The garden, the statues, the walk ways, the history is just amazing here. I loved my visit here.

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