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Romantic Things to Do: Built in Spain in 1141, the St. Bernard de Clairvaux Church and Ancient Spanish monastery was taken apart and brought to the United States by William Randolph Hearst. The building is the oldest in the Western Hemisphere. Hearst intended the monastery to be reassembled in California, but the bricks were held in Miami due to possible contamination of the packing material. They were later moved to and stored in New York as Mr. Hearst had moved his attention to other ventures by that time. The building was purchased in 1951 by developers and moved back to Miami. It's certainly a sight to behold, and is frequently used as a venue for photography and weddings.

Historic Sites: Built in Spain in 1141, this Spanish monastery was taken apart and brought to the United States by William Randolph Hearst. The building is the oldest in the Western Hemisphere. Hearst intended the monastery to be reassembled in California, but the bricks were held in Miami due to possible contamination of the packing material. They were later moved to and stored in New York as Mr. Hearst had moved his attention to other ventures by that time. The building was purchased in 1951 by developers and moved back to Miami.

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Local Expert Priscilla Blossom Says:

Romantic Things to Do: "Catholics may want to come by for mass on Sundays (held twice in the mornings in English and once at noon in Spanish)."

Best for Romantic Things to Do Because: While you might not originally think of a monastery as a romantic place, the history and architecture and quiet lend themselves to romance perfectly.

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