A stunning backdrop for everything from weddings and photoshoots to movies and music videos, the Ancient Spanish Monastery in North Miami has been around since the 12th century. Albeit not in the same location.
The structure was actually built in northern Spain and existed there nearly eight centuries until 1925. That’s when publishing magnate William Randolph Hearst acquired the cloisters and the monastery’s outbuildings, had them disassembled stone by stone and shipped to the U.S.
The crates sat in a Brooklyn warehouse until after Hearst’s death in 1952 when two entrepreneurs decided to purchase the monastery and have it reassembled as a South Florida tourist attraction.
Today, the property is owned by the Episcopal Church, which holds weekly services on-site. The cloisters, gardens and chapel are open to the public for a small donation.