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The Cloisters Manhattan Reviews
An oasis of Medieval Europe in Manhattan Apr 16, 2010
If you are visiting the city, or a resident who have never made this trip, a visit to the the Cloisters is a unique Manhattan experience.
Nestled in beautiful Fort Tryon Park with scenic views of the Hudson River, the NJ Palisades and George Washington Bridge, the Cloisters is unlike any other museum, or sight, in the city.
It is part of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and houses a good deal of its medieval art collection. But the statuary and stained glass windows and artifacts and even the Unicorn tapestries are not the highlight of this museum.
The romance and charm of this visit comes from the castle that houses the collection, from the five cloisters - basically the central courtyrds of monastaries - and the chapels transported from Europe that all combine to give the feel of another time and place. You feel like you have stepped back in time to a calm and quiet place of beauty, peace and meditation - even with the tourists.
If you visit on a nice day and get to stroll through the flower gardens, look out over the majestic Hudson and maybe dine at the New Leaf Cafe - I am quite sure it will be a highlight of your NYC visit.
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