30 April 2012

The Cloisters

The Cloisters is a jumble of five monasteries from medieval France that were disassembled and reassembled all together in one lovely museum. Many medieval religious relics and zen courtyards abound. It is nestled at the tippy-top most point of Manhattan in Fort Tyron Park. (It is owned by the Met, so plan on hitting both museums on the same day for one entrance fee!) It is located in the neighborhood of Inwood, so it's safe to say that not many people venture there. After trekking up to 200 Street on the A train, one must embark upon a mini-hike through the park with views overlooking the Hudson, until you reach the top where the museum is located. It was one of my most favorite retreats when I lived in New York and I love taking people there. It is such a respite from the rest of the madness of Manhattan. 

The Cloister's tower.
Overlooking the Hudson River.
One of many courtyards. 
Spring flowers in Fort Tyron Park.

Many more pictures from New York to come, so please stay tuned!

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