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Ancient Spanish Monastery

Ancient Spanish Monastery — the monastery of the Virgin Mary of the Queen of Angels, one of the most romantic, mysterious sights of the main resort city of Florida. His journey to America was a long and difficult one.

Walls of the Ancient Spanish Monastery in Miami — American ButlerThe history of the monastery is the difficult fate of a migrant

It was built in Spanish Segovia in 1141 by order of the rector of the Order of the Cisterians Bernard of Clairvaux. For seven centuries the monastery remained the current abode of the order. But in the 30s of the XIX century, Spain was swept by a civil war, the monastery of monks was abolished, the building was confiscated, sold. The new government considered the premises the most suitable for granaries, stables, warehouses.

Only in 1925, the American media magnate William Hirst appreciated this monumental monument, bought it, deciding to transfer it to New York. But the tests did not end.

The structure was dismantled, carefully numbered every detail, cataloged, wrapped in hay and sent to the United States. However, it turned out that an epidemic of foot-and-mouth disease began in Spain. Therefore, the Brooklyn Sanitary Services of the United States declared a shipment of quarantine, unpacked, disinfected, folded as necessary, and burned the numbered containers. William Randolph Hurst for a long time overcame his own financial difficulties, and died, and forgot about the remains of the monastery for a long 26 years.

And, only a quarter of a century later, the stones were bought by Raymond Moss and William Edgemon, planning to recreate the building, which turned out to be the oldest monument in North America by that time. Putting stone puzzles into a harmonious, magnificent structure is very difficult and expensive. It took a year and a half and 1.5 million dollars.

Ancient Spanish Monastery — photo of the columns in the monastery in Miami — American Butler

Ancient Spanish Monastery, Miami — American ButlerThe life of the historical monument continues

In 1964, philanthropist banker Robert Pentland bought and handed the Ancient Spanish Monastery to the Florida bishop. The parish church sends services in two languages - English and Spanish. In the church of the monastery of St. Bernard de Clervaux, services are again held, church ordinances are sent, especially wedding ceremonies, which in this place are given a halo of serious intentions and holiness of decision.

Wealthy people consider it an honor to hold weddings, receptions and celebrations on its territory for significant events. Regularly conduct photo shoots and videos. There is always tranquility and tranquility, and the beauty of architecture and landscaping is striking.

The ancient walls and the spanish monastery in Miami (as tourists sometimes call it) are surrounded by lush greenery, breathing peace, familiarity with the wisdom of centuries and the trials that fell to its lot.

Visitors do not leave a feeling of familiarization with the sacraments of eternity, peace.

The ancient or ancient Spanish monastery of Miami is listed in the Register of Historic Buildings. Now it is part of the cultural heritage of the resort and its life continues.

Additional Information
Address 16711 West Dixie Highway, North Miami Beach, FL 33160
Phone +1-305-945-1461
Ticket price
  • Adults: $10.00;
  • Children: $5.00;
  • Parking is free.
Mode of operation Open 7 days a week from 10:00 am to 04:00 pm.
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