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St Bernard de Clairvaux A medieval Spanish monastery believed to be one of the oldest buildings in the Western hemisphere, St Bernard de Clairvaux was built in Segovia, Spain , in the 12th century but dismantled in 1925 and shipped to America. The church's cloister, chaper house and refectory were purchased by newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst and dismantled and packaged into 11, 000 wooden crates. After a stay in American quarantine due to an outbreak of foot and mouth disease in Segovia, the carefully numbered contents of the crates were unpacked and repacked without the original diligence. Plans to rebuild the church in California floundered and it was eventually rebuilt in northern Miami after spending decades in a storage facility in New York . It took 19 months and cost $1.5million to reassemble the monastic buildings and is now a tourist attraction known as the Ancient Spanish Monastery. Reader offer: holidays in the US

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk
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