See the biggest jigsaw puzzle in history in Miami
Visit theMonastery of St. Bernard de Clairvaux, built in Sacramenia, Spain, in the year 1133, nearly 360 years before Columbus set sail for the New World – that now resides in Miami.
How did The Monastery, the oldest building in the Western Hemisphere, get to Miami, you ask?
In 1925, the newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst purchased the Cloisters and the Monastery’s outbuildings and had them dismantled stone by stone, numbered for the journey and packed up in 11,000 wooden crates. Unfortunately they were quarantined and broken apart and never put back in their numbered boxes.
It wasn’t until 1964, many years after Hearst’s death that Miami philanthropist Col. Robert Pentland, Jr, reassembled the monastery on its current site.
Plan your visit to this very special place here. Regular visiting hours are Monday through Saturday from 10am-4:30 pm and Sundays from 11am-4:30 pm.