The Ancient Spanish Monastery, North Miami Beach

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The Ancient Spanish Monastery Foundation is a non-profit organization that brings together community supporters, individuals, organizations and businesses to advocate and support the preservation of art, antiquities, architecture and this historic site.
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  • Surprising peaceful spot in the middle of high rise condos. Beautiful and amazing story of how this ancient monastery got to south Florida.  more »
  • This is a museum as well as a monastery. It was shipped piece by piece from Europe and reassembled. There are many objects and pictures in the front building. The monastery is quite beautiful, worth a...  more »
  • Our friends got married here over the weekend - what a unique and beautiful place to say "I do!" It was a lovely outdoor ceremony and the reception area literally took my breath away when we walked th...  more »
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  • Beautiful location. It’s full with old spanish sculptures. Big gardens to walk-in. There’s also a museum, full with all kind of things. They do weddings and all types of events
  • Definite must see if you're in Miami! Incredible story and architecture. The small museum in the front has some really incredible artifacts, that's the first Gregorian chant I've ever seen on paper (or lambskin, fwiw). Go as early as you can on Saturdays, they apparently book weddings and the people who booked it start taking pictures way too early and have no regard for tourists.
  • Oldest building in the USA. Beautiful gardens in an old live oak tree grove. Worth the visit.
  • Loved this place. Want to return soon. They give free Military I.D Admission.
  • We came across this place completely by accident and decided to explore it. The monastery itself a reconstruction from a disassembled monastery in Spain that was shipped overseas. Admission at the time was $5.00 for a student to explore the entire property, $10.00 for regular admission. The exhibits provided a bit of history, the gardens ambience, and the church a bit of sobriety. All three were quite beautiful and photoshoot-ready in mid-summer. There was an abundance of cats in the garden, none of which were bothersome and if anything were quite friendly and relaxed. Upon further exploration we discovered a small maze amidst the trees which was quite charming. Ultimately, this reconstructed monastery/museum is a little gem hidden amidst the crowded traffic of Miami. It is a little world of its own and I imagine it would be a refreshing visit for one who wants to enjoy a little bit of peace and open space.

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