April 20, 2015

I ❤ NY: The Cloisters

      Tucked away from the hustle and bustle of New York City is an old medieval style abbey that overlooks upper Manhattan. The building is called The Cloisters and is part of the Metropolitan Museum. It's exclusively dedicated to medieval architecture and art. I visited The Cloisters on a gorgeous summer-like day this past weekend, and it felt like I was in another country when I was inside the museum. Not only are The Cloisters situated far away from the metropolitan heart of NYC, the building itself has pieces of doorways, columns, and windows from other cloisters around the world. As a fan of architecture myself, I very much enjoyed exploring both the building and the scenery around The Cloisters.

The Cloisters
Address: 99 Margaret Corbin Dr, New York, NY 10040

One of the Gothic doorways taken and retrofitted into the building from another cloister

The Bonnefont Cloister and Garden. Mostly herbs were planted here.

My favorite part of the museum was the Cuxa Cloister.

Cuxa Cloister

A hallway in the Cuxa Cloister

Stained glass

The Cloister's most famous work of art - Unicorn in Captivity which is part of the unicorn tapestry series.

Unicorn in Captivity brooch available for purchase at the gift shop.

Concluding Remarks

      If you're a huge fan of architecture, Gothic and medieval art, and you love looking at old churches, you would immensely enjoy going to the Cloisters. Admission is donation driven, which means you give what you want just like admission is at the main Metropolitan Museum branch on the Upper East Side. If you go to the Met or the Cloisters, admission to the other branch is free for the same day.

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