There is no charge for tourists to take casual photos of the building or each other while touring our historic site.
However, when a photographer (amateur, student or professional) has subject or
subjects' posing for a portrait with the Monastery as the backdrop, then there is a $200 portrait fee for a three-hour photo session.
Like Vizcaya, and other museums, this is defined by special clothing and posing for First Communion, Quince, Sweet 16, prom, senior pictures, bridal, engagement, maternity and family group shots.
The portrait fee is for one or two people only. For example: a bride and groom, an engaged couple, or two children for First Communion.
The Ancient Spanish Monastery is not a "venue" and we are not a business. We are a Church.
And that means every penny of the money you give to the Monastery goes to help preserve this architectural treasure and supports the programs we sponsor. Unlike businesses, we don't pay stock-holders or dividends. So you are not supporting a business.
The schedule changes constantly. We've discovered the best thing is for you to call ahead (305) 945-1461, ext. 101 and make a reservation with Carolina or Vianique.
Our regular business hours are Mon-Sat 10 am until 4:30 pm and Sundays from 11:00 am until 4:30 pm. We close early on many days due to special events and are often closed to the public on Saturdays and Sundays.