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“Worth the trip...would love a little more info”

The Ancient Spanish Monastery
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Brought from Spain and reassembled by William Randolph Hearst in 1925, this is a popular wedding spot.
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Level 5 Contributor
45 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Worth the trip...would love a little more info”
Reviewed 31 March 2014

We had done some brief research before visiting and expected more info once we were there. It's $8pp to get in and they give you a small brochure with minimal background. We had to use our phone to google more in-depth details of what we were looking at.

The place is peaceful...our day was not busy and we had plenty of time to explore at our pace and light a couple candles. The chapel was closed but when my husband tried to peek in, a staff member willingly opened it and turned the lights on for us. Overall, a very cool experience and worth the time spent.

Visited March 2014
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Indianapolis, Indiana
Level 6 Contributor
117 reviews
58 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
“Indiana Jones & the Ancient Monastery...”
Reviewed 26 March 2014 via mobile

Nothing is cooler than 800 year old ruins...unless you could cut out travel time, booby traps & pay a mere $8 to go back in time. Perfect for the family with an imagination but a limited budget for archaeological expeditions. My 9 year old is still talking about this and now owns an Indiana Jones whip...

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Miami Beach, Florida
Level 4 Contributor
36 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“One of a kind!”
Reviewed 17 March 2014

Crazy history! an old monastery from Segovia Spain dating back 1200 years was bought by the Hearst family, disassembled, and sent via boat to California, but never made it. Got stuck and reassembled in Miami! Padre Alberto, the former catholic priest that got caught with a woman, then married the woman in this monastery as an Epicopalian. Greynolds Park a few blocks away is the best park in Miami . the two together make a great afternoon.

Visited March 2014
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Toronto, Canada
Level 6 Contributor
185 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 116 helpful votes
“Travelling back in time ...”
Reviewed 14 March 2014

Love this place for photo opportunities ... the history is fantastic and the light shining through the trees make for nice photos any time of the day. It's not very big so you won't get tired walking around. I went their early in the morning and plan to return next time I am back down in Miami.

Visited March 2014
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Boston, MA
Level 6 Contributor
151 reviews
50 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 141 helpful votes
“If you're close, stop by”
Reviewed 10 March 2014

check the maps first..our Tom-Tom and iPhone Google maps had us too far north or too far south, or else right next to the highway. The site is quite mixed...yes, it's the 12th century building but also an active parish with homeless in the parking lot and tables at lunch for a free lunch. The entrance building is not of historical interest...it's dark, in need of work, and features some haphazard items (an old Pope's armoire, table with old magazines e.g.) which are ill lit and oddly arranged, but the garden you come to next is relaxing. The "monastery" itself is just a door into the cloister square with center garden, and a chapel off to one side next to an covered open area where we too saw the yoga class. Services are regularly held in the chapel. Aside from the that, there are 3-4 stone statues/memorials on the cloister walls worth examining. Overall it is not large at all: unless you are given to sit for a while in the chapel area, simply walking through will take less than 30 minutes. If you have seen monasteries in Europe you might give this teeny one a pass, but it's an interesting short visit to see it located north of Miami.

Visited February 2014
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