My husband and I have been meaning to visit the Cloisters Museum – a branch of the Metropolitan Museum of art devoted to the art of Medieval Europe – for over a year now. However, since the bus ride up to Fort Tryon Park is a long one from where we live, each time we’ve set out, we’ve realized that we haven’t allowed enough time for a proper visit. Finally, last week, on a glorious sunny and relatively cool day, we got ourselves to the bus stop with plenty of time for both the trip and a leisurely visit to the museum.
The welcome cool and quiet of the grounds was well worth the trip!
After an enjoyable lunch at the café bordering the museum’s Trie Cloister Garden (you can see many of the same plants “blooming” in the museum’s exquisite tapestries), we made our way to the Bonnefont Cloister Herb Garden, where a mix of fruit trees and herbs recall those most commonly found in the monastery gardens of Medieval times.
The shady trees…
Were full of just-ripening quinces.
And limes were a feast for the eyes!
Back inside, we paused to admire these two saintly reliquaries (and read that busts like these were often purported to contain the saint’s brain.)
He looked jolly, so we went into the chapel.
Further on, we stopped to admire these chairs…
Before entering the Unicorn Tapestry room. (My pictures do these tapestries little justice; you’ll just have to come see for yourself!)
A final stroll around the gardens ended our visit, but we’re sure to be back soon!