CHURCH OF ST. BERNARD DE CLAIRVAUX

I discovered this old church/monastery in North Miami, Florida while waiting for my Filipino friends for lunch. The restaurant was just across the street from the church and with Filipinos being fashionably late, I decided to use my waiting time to explore the compound. I learned that this church was originally built in 1133 in Sacramenia, Northern Spain and was dedicated to the Virgin Mary. In 1925, William Randolph Hearst bought it and had it dismantled stone by stone then shipped to the United States in 11,000 crates. It was again bought by two entrepreneurs who wanted to turn it into a tourist attraction taking them 19 months to rebuild the entire church. In 1953 Time Magazine called it “the biggest jigsaw puzzle in history”.

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3 Comments on “CHURCH OF ST. BERNARD DE CLAIRVAUX

  1. Love the deep, two-pronged perspective in this shot, as well as the light, and the information you provide is fascinating. Hearst was a huge figure in American journalism, with the kind of out-sized ego that would prompt the action you describe. Nicely done!

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