One of America’s oldest buildings comes from Medieval times – see the Cloisters of the Ancient Spanish Monastery

Yes, the United States has centuries of history. It’s still a baby compared to some countries, but it does have some history that goes way back.

Centuries before Ponce de Leon and the mythical fountain of youth, construction began on these cloisters in Sacramenia, Spain in 1133. After being completed in 1141, monks lived here for nearly 700 years before it was seized and sold in the 1830’s. It was converted to a granary and stable, but was purchased in 1925 by William Randolph Hearst. It was dismantled stone by stone, carefully packed in 11,000 wooden crates amongst liberal amounts of hay, then shipped to the US. Around that time, hoof and mouth disease broke out in Segovia, and the shipments were quarantined to burn the hay inside as a precaution. As the workers began to assemble the shipment, they failed to follow the order of the original boxes.

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