The Cloisters

Going to the Cloisters can be an odyssey, especially if you go there with the bus, which can take more than one hour to get you to the very top of Manhattan. Of course, the bus is the perfect chance to see some neighborhoods that probably, if you are tourist, you would never see, but I suggest you to take the A train to 190th Street. It’s easier and less tiring.

The Cloisters, a part of the Met Museum, were built in the 30’s thanks to the help of John D. Rockefeller Jr. Basically, they are a reconstruction of real European Medieval cloisters, set in beautiful Fort Tryon Park. The collection includes 5,000 works of art, including statues, tapestries, altar crosses, manuscripts, caskets, jewels and vests.

The place is extraordinarily beautiful, peaceful and quiet. Rockefeller even thought ahead to purchase the land in New Jersey right across the Hudson River from the Cloisters, just to maintain the feeling of authenticity. The beauty and the historical value of all the works of art are really interesting: all the works are simple in some way (especially compared to the baroque ones) but extremely expressive and meaningful. Moreover, if it’s a sunny day you can also have a walk in the park and have lunch at the New Leaf Restaurant.
Be careful just about one thing: you can enter the Met and the Cloister with the same ticket but you have to visit both places on the same day. So… be fast (and take the subway)!

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