Nestled into the woods of northern Manhattan’s Fort Tryon Park is a place that looks out of place for a city like New York. At first glance, The Cloisters—officially, The Met Cloisters, under the Metropolitan Museum of Art—could easily make you think you’ve arrived at an ancient Italian villa. But no, The Cloisters was built in modern times, borrowing heavily from medieval European influences.
Home to countless pieces of medieval art and artifacts, The Cloisters is a sight to be seen inside and out. Need a break from the museum? The gardens and views of the Hudson River are astounding on a nice sunny day.
We’ll save the pieces of art and artifacts for you to see for yourself–the stunning views at The Cloisters should be enough to entice you to visit. The pieces on display are centuries old.
You’d never think that this place is just a short subway ride away from Midtown.
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If you’ve ever played tourist in New York City, chances are you’ve never been anywhere north of Central Park. But Manhattan is more than just concrete. Would you believe there’s actually dense woods and a medieval castle-looking place just a short subway ride away?
Northern Manhattan is a borough of its own in a way. Between Fort Tryon and Inwood Hill Parks, it’s easy to forget the trademark New York City hustle and bustle just a few miles away. And for NYC residents, the rent in northern Manhattan is a lot cheaper than the rest of the island, if you don’t mind a longer commute.
And if you’re in the area, you must visit The Cloisters, a 20th century building modeled after an ancient castle, although its courtyard looks like an Italian villa. It’s now a museum with relics from throughout the last millennium. Plus it provides fantastic views, but we won’t spoil it for you. Get on down there and see for yourself!