In North Miami Beach is The Spanish Monastery Miami, built in Seville between the 12th and 13th centuries by order of Alfonso VII of León, King of Leon and Castile.
Even though our city is for many synonymous with beaches, shopping and an enviable nightlife, it is also a rich source of history and culture, and a sample of it is this medieval construction, the oldest in the country and whose fascinating history we share with you.
The Spanish Monastery Miami: A Legacy for the New Generations
In the 19th century, as a result of the political and economic situation facing Spain, the cloisters and dependencies of the Monastery were seized and sold. In the twentieth century, in 1925 the American press magnate, William Hearst, bought it with the idea of bringing it to America.
That same year it was dismantled and sent piece by piece to the United States in 11 thousand numbered boxes to facilitate its reconstruction. Each piece was covered with hay for protection, but when they reached the New York customs, health authorities reported an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease in Spain, deciding without noticing the numbers or the order of the boxes, to pile them up and burn the containers and hay to prevent an epidemic.
It took three months of work by 23 people to re-organize and store each stone. Due to the great depression in 1929, Hearst faced major financial difficulties which forced him to sell some of his assets.
After 26 years, entering the fifties, the Spanish Monastery of Sacramenia Miami was acquired by entrepreneurs William Edgemon and Raymond Moss, who had the vision to turn it into a tourist attraction. The 35 thousand pieces were recovered and transferred to its present location. In the sixties it was assembled by more than twenty men, who did an arduous work putting together the historical structure.
Major tourist attraction in Miami
The Spanish Monastery Miami is currently one of the city's most imposing and eye-catching tourist attractions, its enviable location has served as the stage for television series, advertising spots and promotional videos by great artists.
You will surely be interested to know that this majestic Spanish Monastery has two acknowledgments: To be the largest puzzle in the world, and the oldest 12th century building in the Western Hemisphere.
For those reasons, must be a mandatory stop for tourists who want to complete the wonderful experience of visiting Miami. A treasure of medieval culture, which came from the other part of the world to stay.
Do not miss the opportunity to travel through time, here you have the information you need to enjoy this beautiful monument.
Address: 16711 West Dixie Highway, North Miami Beach, FL 33160
Schedules: Monday to Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Sundays from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 pm.
Tickets: Adults: $10
Children: $5 (free admission for children under 4 years)