North Miami Beach, Florida: Oldest Building in the Western Hemisphere

Monastery was built in 12th century medieval Spain and arrived in Florida much, much later.

Monastery of St. Bernard de Clairvaux

Address:
16711 W. Dixie Hwy, North Miami Beach, FL
Directions:
Monastery of St. Bernard de Clairvaux. South side of W. Dixie Hwy just east of NE 22nd Ave.
Hours:
M-Sa 10 AM to 4 PM, Su 11 AM - 4 PM. (Call to verify)
Phone:
305-945-1461
Admission:
Adults $8
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Monastery. Oldest Building in the Western Hemisphere

Definitely worth a stop, although a little off the beaten path insofar as any other attractions. $8 per person. Really nice info provided and gardens are beautiful. Would be an ideal place for a picnic. Took about a half an hour to explore.

[Rudi, 05/19/2012]
Oldest Building in the Western Hemisphere

Great place that seems to be a secret. We saw raccoons roaming the grounds and the statuary is abundant. Be sure to read the literature -- it helps to know the history. Small gift shop. If you love flowers, foliage, history (Spanish) and photography, this place is for you.

[Kim, 07/30/2010]
Monastery. Oldest Building in the Western Hemisphere

We had to visit the oldest building in the western hemisphere. It was difficult to find since it was in the middle of apartments and commercial areas, so you would never think it was around there unless you were looking for it.

It was beautiful, quaint, and quiet. Originally this monastery was built in Spain in 1133-1141 and then brought to the US piece by piece and rebuilt in the 1950s.

[Goldie, 06/19/2008]

The Monastery of St. Bernard de Clairvaux was bought by William Randolph "Citizen Kane" Hearst, who wanted to move it to Berkeley, California. But he lost interest, it sat disassembled for 25 years, and then it was bought again and reassembled as a Florida tourist attraction.

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