Miami, Florida – Spanish Monastery (HDR)

Just above South Beach in Miami you can find this little off the beaten path church.  It is called The Cloisters of the Ancient Spanish Monastery.  Some info from the web: The Monastery of St. Bernard de Clairvaux was built in Sacramenia, in the Province of Segovia, Spain, during the period 1133-1144.

The Cloisters were seized, sold, and converted into a granary and stable due to a social revolution in that area in the mid-1830’s. In 1925 William Randolph Hearst purchased the Cloisters and the Monastery’s out- buildings.  The structures were dismantled stone by stone, bound with protective hay, packed in some 11,000 wooden crates, numbered for identification and shipped to the United States.

About that time, hoof and mouth disease had broken out in Segovia, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, fearing possible contagion, quarantined the shipment upon its arrival, broke open the crates and burned the hay, a possible carrier of the disease.  Unfortunately, the workmen failed to replace the stones in the same numbered boxes before moving them to a warehouse.  Soon after the shipment arrived, Hearst’s financial problems forced most of his collection to be sold at auction.  The stones remained in a warehouse in Brooklyn, New York, for 26 years.  One year after Hearst’s death in 1952, they were purchased by Messrs. W. Edgemon and R. Moss for use as a tourist attraction.  It took 19 months and almost $1.5 million dollars to put the Monastery back together.  Some of the unmatched stones still remain in the back lot; others were used in the construction of the present Church’s Parish Hall.

An interesting history!  Looks like they did a great job to me.

Talke Photography Settings:

  • Camera:  Nikon D300
  • Lens: Nikon 12-24 f/4.0
  • Setting: Aperture Mode
  • Focal Length: 12.0 mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Exposure:  HDR 9 exposures (+4 to -4)
  • Aperture:  f/11.0
  • Gear:  Tripod
  • Post Process: Adobe CS5, Color Efex Pro, HDR Efex Pro,  Photo Tools 2.6

11 comments on “Miami, Florida – Spanish Monastery (HDR)

  1. hdrexposed says:

    Pete this is siiiiick! Great wide angle dude!

  2. Sandi Ormsby says:

    It’s almost overwhelming. When physically there, was it a bit too much? Almost like you don’t know what to look at first, but beautifully done! I wonder if the those workers, the ones who physically placed the stones and erected the structure, if they appreciated it. (If they marvelled at the beauty) Or if they just slapped it up according to the specs and were done with it? Or was it replicated by those specializing in the field?

    Lake Forest, CA

    • Sandi, it was a small place! The wide angel makes it look much bigger! I bet the workers were there just to do their job. Sad. Its kinda hidden near the city….it needs more visitors…a lovely place!! =))

  3. Abhisek says:

    Excellent photography and interesting info 😀

  4. Jim Nix says:

    wow Pete, cool shot!

  5. theaterwiz says:

    Nice work Pete, can I travel with you some day….pls

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