The Cloisters museum and gardens is like a medieval puzzle. Elements from medieval cloisters—Saint-Michel-de-Cuxa, Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert, Trie-sur-Baïse, Froville, and elements once thought to have come from Bonnefont-en-Comminges—and from other sites in Europe have been brought together and incorporated into the fabric of the building to create one spectacular piece of architecture.
Opened to the public in 1938 it sits in Fort Tryon Park in northern Manhattan, which overlooks the Hudson River and offers a strange slice of Europe in the very heart of Manhattan.
The sounds of the traffic dies down to nothing and the gardens are colourful and varied that you’re transported to a different world from the one synonymous with New York.
Three of the reconstructed cloisters feature peaceful gardens with various pieces of horticulture that could be found in medieval treatises. Inside the buildings are medieval works of art such as tapestries, stained-glass windows, and jewellery that bring a sense of history.
My perfect piece of peaceful Manhattan.