The Cloisters located on Paradise Island are the beautiful remains of a 14th Century French Augustinian monastery that was located in Montrejau, France. The cloisters were bought in the 1920’s by newspaper baron William Randolph Hearst who shipped them to the United States. In the haste to disassemble and ship the cloisters, shippers didn’t number the pieces or write down any instructions on how they should be reassembled. 40 years later, the Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company (A&P) heir Huntingdon Harford II bought the Cloisters from the Hearst estate. Then, he discovered the aforementioned problem. For a few years, no one could figure out how to put the pieces back together again. Then, in 1968, Jean Castremanne, an artist and sculptor, put the Cloisters back together piece by piece over the period of 2 years. The result is what is seen today.
The white marble statue located inside the center of the Colonnade is called Silence and was possibly created by the sculptor Dick Reid.
The Cloisters are owned by the One & Only Ocean Club, a 52 room luxury hotel located across Paradise Island Drive from the Cloisters which Harford created as he developed what was known as Hog Island. Harford petitioned the Bahamian government to have the island’s name changed to Paradise Island which it subsequently was. The Cloisters are open to the public free of charge 24 hours a day. The beautiful site is very popular for weddings and offers a nice view of Nassau Harbor.
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