Inside the Cloisters, a medieval French castle transplanted into Washington Heights, Met horticulturalists have recreated a series of medieval gardens. The museum is a well-known New York City landmark and had been on my to-visit places for a while now! So on a sunny Saturday, we went to visit it and it was totally worth it 🙂 Just to keep the things a bit interesting I have experimented with mono pictures here!
The Cloisters contains approximately five thousand individual European medieval works of art, mostly from the 12th to 15th centuries. The museum contains architecture elements and settings relocated from four French medieval abbeys; the Cuxa, Bonnefort, Trie and Saint-Guilhem cloisters. Between 1934 and 1939 they were transported, reconstructed and integrated with new buildings, in projects overseen by the architect Charles Collens.
Cuxa: The Cuxa Cloisters are, structurally and thematically, the museum’s center piece. ts marble cut capitals were cut at different points in its history, and contain a variety of sculpted patterns and forms, including scrolling leaves, and animals with two bodies but sharing a head, lions restrained by apes, and a mermaid.
Bonnefort: The Bonnefont cloisters consist of four walkways around medieval herb garden. It contains many typical features of a medieval garden, including a wellhead, raised flower beds, and fences lined with acacia.
Trie: The Trie cloister contains a tall waterfall at the center of a rectangular garden, which hosts some 80 species of plants.
Saint-Guilhem: The origins of the Saint-Guilhem Cloister date to a building founded in 804, at the site of the later Benedictine monastery of Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert, with pieces dating to the 1660s.
West Terrace: This outdoor terrace provides magnificent views of the Hudson River unlike those from any other vantage point in Manhattan.
The Treasury: A room devoted to precious objects holds both the beautiful—gold jewelry and illuminated manuscripts—and the odd—a silver reliquary shaped like an arm and a complete deck of hand-drawn fifteenth-century playing cards.
Sometimes, the best way to spend a weekend, is to escape to a place with plenty of greenery, fresh air and open skies – the MET Cloisters is just that!