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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
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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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A taste of Medieval Europe in my backyard

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 18 October 2016
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 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 17 October 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 13 October 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2016

It is an excellent place to meditate, relax, feel the spiritual part of each individio. It is also a beautiful place by the style of construction and architecture, coupled with the gardens and adjacent areas. you can spend a couple of hours away from the stress of the cities.

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Miami, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2016

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 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2016 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 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

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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Sunny Isles Beach, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 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 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 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 bubbles Reviewed 22 May 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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