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"The Cloisters" Fort Tryon Park and The Cloisters Tip by sarahandgareth

by sarahandgareth

The Cloisters are part of the Met – if you go there the same day, your ticket will get you into both venues – but the contrast couldn’t be greater. It’s a small building, set in beautifully landscaped grounds – with an equally attractive park (Fort Tryon Park) beyond. It’s a kind of hodge-podge monastery/palace, which incorporates pieces of five medieval European cloisters, as well as hundreds of other artifacts from Old World churches and monasteries. It’s the only museum in the US that specializes in medieval art, but it goes beyond art and architecture to include selections of plants – including medicinal plants – that were commonly grown and used at the time. Even though it’s clearly an artificial environment, put together from different styles, the atmosphere is extraordinary: at times you genuinely feel like you’re wandering a European monastery site, 800 or more years old.

You should make sure to check out Fort Tryon Park while you are up here, in a part of Manhattan you are unlikely to visit for any other reason, especially the almost rural views across the Hudson to New Jersey.

Address: Fort Tryon Park
Directions: Subway A to 190th St. Then take M4 bus to Fort Tryon Park-The Cloisters, or walk through the park to the museum.
Phone: 212-923-3700

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  • Updated Jun 16, 2003
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