Friday, August 29, 2014

St. Bernard de Clairvaux Monastery

Think fast - what's the oldest building in the Western Hemisphere? Hint: It's in Florida.

You're probably thinking about places in St. Augustine as you rack your brains, but don't sweat it, it's a trick question. The answer is the Monastery of St. Bernard de Clairvaux, located at 16711 West Dixie Highway, North Miami Beach.

How is that possible? Because the building, even though constructed in medieval Spain in the year 1133, was disassembled in the 1950s, shipped here, and put back up.

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