There are a few places in the city that can transport you to a different place and time and make you feel like you’re not in the city at all. The Cloisters, located in Fort Tyron Park on the northern tip of Manhattan, has to be one of them. It’s been a good 14 years since I was last at the Cloisters and before that, not since we used to take trips up during my art school years.
I still feel like it’s a hidden gem, perhaps because of its location. But if you’re in NYC and interested in Medieval art, this is the place to visit. Part of the collections date all the way back to the 9th century. And even if Medieval history isn’t something that interests you, you can’t help but be feel in awe standing in the middle of some of the cloisters reconstructed from remnants of monastic sites from France (especially the room with the crucifix Jesus hanging above you). The girls were particularly interested in the unicorn hunting stories that were depicted in the magnificent, large-scale tapestries.
Tomorrow, I’ll show you the gardens at the Cloisters.