On 7/17 I started the day with a trip uptown to the Cloisters section of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The day was going to be 98 degrees outside, so I opted to head there early since my path included the subway up to Fort Tryon Park and then a, roughly, ten block walk through the park to reach the Cloisters. Without a car, and not wanting to pay for a bus, this is the easiest way to get there. The park is very scenic and you get very nice views of the Hudson and of the Cloisters itself as you approach it.
The building is actually parts of 5 French Abbeys combined together. Due to this, I will mostly focus on the architecture over the exhibits. I suggest everyone plan a trip and go to explore for themselves themselves to see all the different pieces of medieval art. Aim for spring or fall when the plants make for interesting views, though I suppose if you went when there is snow on the ground it would be very picturesque as well (and possibly add to the somberness of the building). If you go during summer, you run the risk of a camp being there (there was on this trip, though only one which made it easy to avoid the tour group).
All over the place there are different columns and courtyards. These are views of some of my favorites:
Some of my favorite pieces:
Various altars and rooms to explore:
As you can see, there are numerous religious artifacts, statues, carvings, stained glass windows, and tapestries spread out throughout the museum. It is a very quiet place as the atmosphere of a church is observed by all.
I entered through the south entrance and exited through the north, which is actually the main entrance.
While not a very large museum an extra perk is that with your entrance fee, you can also go into the main building of the Metropolitan Museum of Art on the same day. They suggest you take the bus, but that’s an hour and 45 minute ride. I suggest you go back to the subway, get off at 81st street and walk through the park. This way you will be there in under an hour. Plus who doesn’t like walking through the park on a sunny, albeit hot, day?
Next up: The second half of my day – The Metropolitan Museum of Art.