Monastery of St. Bernard de Clairvaux by danette

Monastery of St. Bernard de Clairvaux

Monday's adventure took Louise and Ken @weezilou to the ancient Monastery in Miami. Who knew? We can all thank William Randolph Hearst for having the foresight to bring this crumbling building to the USA. Here is the history:
Construction of the Monastery of St. Bernard de Clairvaux was begun in the year 1133 AD in Sacramenia, near Segovia in northern Spain. Completed eight years later in 1141, the Monastery was dedicated to the Blessed Mother and was originally named ‘The Monastery of Our Lady, Queen of the Angels.’ Upon the canonization of Bernard of Clairvaux in 1174, the Monastery was renamed in his honor. A Cistercian monk and mystic, the founder and abbot of the Abbey of Clairvaux, Bernard was one of the most influential church leaders of his time. Cistercian monks occupied the Monastery for nearly 700 years. After a social revolution in the 1830's, the Monastery’s Cloisters were seized, sold, and converted into a granary and stable.

In 1925, William Randolph Hearst purchased the Cloisters and the Monastery's outbuildings. The structures were dismantled stone by stone, bound with protective hay, packed in more than 11,000 wooden crates, numbered for identification and shipped to the United States. Soon after the shipment arrived, Hearst's financial problems forced most of his collection to be sold at auction. The massive crates remained in a warehouse in Brooklyn, New York, for 26 years. One year after Hearst’s' death in 1952, they were purchased by two entrepreneurs for use as a tourist attraction. It took 19 months and the equivalent of nearly $20 million dollars (in today’s currency) to put the Monastery back together. In 1953 Time magazine called it “the biggest jigsaw puzzle in history.”

In 1964, Colonel Robert Pentland, Jr, who was a multimillionaire banker, philanthropist and benefactor of many Episcopal churches, purchased the Cloisters and presented them to the Bishop of Florida. Today the parish Church of St. Bernard de Clairvaux is an active and growing congregation in the Episcopal Diocese of Southeast Florida. Services are held on Sundays and weekdays in both English and Spanish.
Very interesting history and nice perspective on this shot.
October 29th, 2019  
October 29th, 2019  
Such an interesting story! It just shows if you had more money than anyone else what you could buy! I am pleased that finally it has been returned to being a place of worship! Beautiful image!
October 29th, 2019  
Wonderful pic, story!!
October 29th, 2019  
Neat looking architecture and story.
October 30th, 2019  
Beautiful building
October 30th, 2019  
love this place + visited it the last time we were in Miami - fav
October 30th, 2019  
Intriguing backstory and beautiful architecture!
October 30th, 2019  
Great shot
October 30th, 2019  
This is a beautiful photo...a wider angle than one I took. I can't thank you enough for adding all the historical information; it really was fascinating when you consider how it was used, demolished, gathered, shipped and later reconstructed through the years! Such a beautiful location to visit and a lovely closure to our stay!
October 31st, 2019  
Stunning capture an such interesting history, fav!
November 1st, 2019  
November 10th, 2019  
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