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“Beautiful Cloister Ruins”

The Cloisters Nassau
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Nassau Shore Excursion: Half-Day Historical Sightseeing Tour
Ranked #17 of 124 things to do in Nassau
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Jessup, Maryland
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“Beautiful Cloister Ruins”
Reviewed January 12, 2014

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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Visited September 2013
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Cowes, United Kingdom
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“Small But Very Pretty”
Reviewed November 22, 2013

Travelling with our rental car the guys on the security gate at the One&Only Resort next door were very nice and let us park without problem. Less than a minute then to walk to the Cloisters with its terraces down to the sea. Very scenic and good for photos - easy to see why it is a wedding venue. Free of charge. You can see this in 10 - 15 mins max but it is worth doing. We were surprised to see some broken bottles near the entrance - probably late night party people from the night before. Otherwise very clean and well maintained. The gardens continue on the other side of the road leading up to the resort.

Visited November 2013
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“great old ruins”
Reviewed July 30, 2013

anybody that goes to Paradise Island, or has a wedding or anything want to take a picture of these ruins of a roman temple. great location

Visited June 2013
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Nassau, New Providence Island
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“Popular wedding venue”
Reviewed July 14, 2013

Transplanted from France, The Cloisters are a popular site for weddings. It is a romanitc spot for a walk, though access can at times be limited. It's actually on Paradise Island, not Nassau, and just east of Atlantis.

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Thunder Bay, Canada
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Reviewed May 29, 2013

many people don't even knows this place exists and its so beautiful and free to go see. Got married there yrs ago and it still as nice. the stones were brought over from France many yrs ago and assembled there

Visited May 2013
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