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Spanish Monastery was originally constructed in 1141 in Segovia, Spain and brought to America in pieces by William Randolph Hearst to be rebuilt stone by stone. It is the oldest building in the western hemisphere. Now officially named the Ancient Monastery St. Bernard de Clairvaux, the building serves as an historical landmark, an Episcopal church with 200 active members and a tourist attraction. The building is available for weddings, receptions and parties.
Conceived in 1984 by a group of Holocaust survivors in Miami, the Holocaust Memorial in Miami Beach is a profoundly powerful experience. Miami Beach is a perfect location for the site, as the South Florida area is home to a number of Holocaust survivors. Before its construction, objections were raised by some who believed that Miami Beach was a symbol of fun and a holocaust memorial would put a damper on that image. However, after the group of survivors pleaded their case, the memorial was finally approved. The Holocaust Memorial is a solemn reminder of crimes against humanity, as The Sculpture of Love and Anguish (the focal point of the site) can be a heart-wrenching reminder of the past. The thousands of victims' names etched into the luminous black granite Memorial Wall is one of the most emotional reads visitors are ever likely to experience. For more information and updates on events, please check the website.
Le musée et les jardins Vizcaya sont une magnifique villa qui surplombe une rivière. Ce luxuriant manoir italien vous fera voyager dans le temps en explorant sa belle architecture, ses meubles somptueux et d’autres détails du passé. Ses jardins sont tout simplement spectaculaires et abritent des sentiers éducatifs sur lesquels vous pourrez prendre de superbes photos. Ce lieu offre également une vue panoramique sur l’horizon de Miami. Ancienne résidence d’un industrialiste local, le musée présente plusieurs œuvres d’art et objets de collection qui sont véritablement uniques. Chaque salle à sa propre histoire et certaines accueillent même des événements privés de haut rang. Si vous êtes dans la région, c’est vraiment un endroit incontournable.
Unlike many of South Florida's state parks, Barnacle State Historic Park is centrally-located and easily accessible by automobile. Just off the main street in trendy Coconut Grove, this five-acre (2.02 hectare) historic site offers visitors a glimpse into a past full of beauty and luxury. This stately structure was originally the home of Ralph Middleton Munroe, a landowner and yacht enthusiast who hailed from New York. Before and after Munroe's passing, measures were taken to assure that the property reflected South Florida's culture and blossoming heritage. Guests can tour Munroe's home or explore the lush land outside. The park also offers ample amenities for wildlife watching and picnicking.
This is the historic boyhood home of George Merrick, the founding father of Coral Gables. In the 1920s, Merrick designed many of the elegant mansions that can be found in this tree lined, upscale neighborhood. Take a guided tour through the house constructed of coral rock or wander on your own around the lovely gardens and grounds. The home contains many of Merrick's original furnishings and gives a glimpse of South Florida life during this period.
The picturesque Venetian Pool is truly a one-of-a-kind attraction. This public swimming pool, chiseled out of a coral rock quarry in the 1920s, looks like a natural rock formation, except that no natural rock formation could be so perfectly suited to human enjoyment. This historical landmark is a work of art with its gushing fountains, coral caves and waterfalls. The 820,000 gallons of cool, refreshing spring water are replaced daily. Tours are conducted here.
Depuis des années, cette œuvre d’art phénoménale fascine les visiteurs du monde entier. Le créateur du château de Corail sculpta son monde imaginaire dans la pierre en utilisant uniquement des outils primitifs. Le sculpteur américain originaire de Lettonie Edward Leedskalnin prit plus de 2 décennies pour construire ce château, qui n’est en fait pas en corail, mais en calcaire oolite, sans employer de mortier. Abritant notamment un cadran solaire, un télescope polaire et des meubles, ce monument est une attraction touristique majeure et reflète les efforts intenses déployés par Leedskalnin.
Generations ago, Miccosukees, a branch of the Seminole tribe, took refuge from the Seminole wars in the depths of the Everglades marshland. At this enclave you can see a typical village of thatched-roof, open-sided huts. Tiny squares of brightly colored cloth pieced into the famous Seminole quilting patterns unique to the tribe make wonderful souvenirs. Airboat rides on flat-bottomed craft propelled by jet engines skim across the Everglades for a look at alligators. At special shows, brave wrestlers tackle the toothy reptiles to show you their lethal teeth.