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“Old Europe in FL”

The Ancient Spanish Monastery
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Brought from Spain and reassembled by William Randolph Hearst in 1925, this is a popular wedding spot.
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41 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Old Europe in FL”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 9, 2012

Taken apart piece by piece and moved to So FLA. Who knew? But it's still used and fun to tour.

1 Thank DaphsDads
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Norcross, GA
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68 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Wonderful Wedding”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 18, 2012

We attended a wedding at this venue and it was very unique and wonderful.

Visited February 2012
Thank PeachTraveler
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83 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“Gorgeous for a wedding!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 27, 2011

I attended a wedding reception here and it was absolutely spectacular. A bit out of the way (coming from Miami), but still worth it. If you want an outdoor wedding with a little oomph, I highly recommend.

Thank ZCastro
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Parrish, FL
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Neat, but only occupies short time”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 16, 2010

We visited around lunch time during the week and found this off the beaten path. The facilities are run down and the grounds are not maintained well. They have a few pictures in the lobby showing the various stages of unpacking and assembly. The actual Monastery is pretty neat and we walked all around the inside, including the small chapel. We walked around the outside and the perimeter and noticed a lot of trash and unmaintained grounds. I would recommend this place if you really want to see it. The entrance fee was $5 per person in May, 2010.

If you are looking for something to do, I would instead recommend the Vizcaya Museum & Gardens.

4 Thank medalian1
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Knoxville, TN
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159 reviews
40 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 205 helpful votes
“Best part of my trip.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 20, 2008

My wife and I went to Miami for one week in December 2008. Due to having limited finances, we stayed in North Beach Miami. North Beach is fairly boring, so we decided to see some sites. The Ancient Spanish Monastery was my favorite attraction.

The Ancient Spanish Monastery is beautiful and a great place to take photos, especially on sunny days. You should allocate approximately 90 minutes if you want to take your time and see everything. It's small, but there are lots of details to notice.

You should call ahead because the Monastery has private events frequently and its hours are often different from those on its website. Although we called ahead, we didn't get to see the entire church because we went on a Sunday and we were unable to see the chapel because services were underway, so we plan on going back so we can see it.

It's beautiful and definitely worth the drive! In my opinion, it's better than Vizcaya Museum and Gardens.

2 Thank Blake R
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