Ancient Spanish Monastery – Church of St. Bernard de Clairvaux
16711 West Dixie Highway North Miami Beach, FL 33160
Within the busy streets of Miami is a precious jewel of the city with the a serene, solemn and spiritual scene. The Ancient Spanish Monastery is a prized treasure of the city and South Florida as it is one of the oldest infrastructure the city and is originally brought from Spain to Florida piece by piece. It is considered as the “the biggest jigsaw puzzle in history,” according to Time magazine in 1953. It is a Cloister of Monastery with a beautiful garden designed like the original Segovian garden, fascinating view of the sunrise and sunset an of course a solemn place.
The Monastery of St. Bernard de Clairvaux is built in the 133 AD in Segovia, Spain. It was the home of the Cistercian monk and mystic for 700 years until it was seized, sold, and converted into a granary and stable after the social revolution in the 1830’s. William Randolph Hearst purchased the Monastery in the 1928 where the building was dismantled and brought to the U.S. stone by stone of 11,000 crates which is carefully identified with the aim of rebuilding the original Spanish Monastery. However, due to the Hearst financial downfall soon after the shipment arrived, all his collections were auctioned and sold at auction and the crates were remained in the warehouse for 26 years until a year after Hearst’s death. It was purchased by two entrepreneurs as a tourist attraction. It took over 19 months to carefully put back the Monastery together. Colonel Robert Pentland, Jr, philanthropist and benefactor of many Episcopal churches, purchased the property in 1964 and presented it to the Bishop of Florida. Currently, the Church of St. Bernard de Clairvaux is a congregation of the Episcopal Diocese of Southeast Florida.
Aside from the Services held every Sunday in both Spanish and English, it has been the favorite spot for wedding and reception for its solemnity and statuesque beauty of the Monastery. It is also a spot for many Hollywood films such as Rock of Ages and other television shows, commercials, music videos and photo shoots. The Cloister of Monastery is truly a stunning sight. Take your time to visit the city’s jewel, Ancient Spanish Monastery – Church of St. Bernard de Clairvaux at 16711 West Dixie Highway, North Miami Beach Florida. For more information, you may visit their website or call 05-945-1461 or email your concerns at Info@SpanishMonastery.com.
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