Most of the “historic” buildings throughout Greater Miami are “neo” this and ersatz that, but this gorgeous cloister is the real deal: a Cistercian monastery built in Segovia, Spain in the 12th century, then dismantled and brought to the United States in 1925 by none other than Citizen Kane newspaper tycoon William Randolph Hearst. This isn’t merely a tourist attraction, but also home to an Episcopal church, St. Bernard de Clairvaux. It’s super-popular for weddings, photo shoots, and other special occasions, and thus can close without notice, so call ahead. There’s also a small collection of historic artifacts in the lobby. Combine a visit with the nearby Museum of Contemporary Art, Oleta River Park, and/or Aventura/Bal Harbour malls.
Ancient Spanish Monastery
16711 W Dixie Hwy. (btw. NW167th and NW 170th sts.), Miami, FL
Our Rating Hours Mon–Sat 10am–4:30pm; Sun 11am–4:30pm Phone 305/945-1461 Prices Admission $8 adults, $5 students/ages 62 and over/U.S military Web site Ancient Spanish Monastery
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