Miami boasts the oldest building in the Western Hemisphere - but there is a catch. Dating from 1133 the Monastery of St. Bernard de Clairvaux in North Miami Beach is a hugely popular tourist attraction, although not quite indigenous to the area. The monastery stood originally in Segovia in Spain, but in the early 1950s the medieval building was bought by newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst, disassembled, shipped to Miami and rebuilt on its present site. Guided tours are available for groups of 15 or more.
Address: 16711 West Dixie Highway
Telephone: (305) 945 1461
Opening times: Monday to Saturday 10am-4pm; Sunday 11am-4pm.
Admission: $8 (adults), $4 (children 6-12), Free for children under 5, other concessions available.