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By: Stephanie M.

Ah, New York City. It’s home to some of the world’s most recognizable landmarks. Let’s see, you’ve got the Chrysler Building. There’s the Empire State Building. And who can forget… the ancient, medieval castle?

Yep, you read that right. Plunked down on the northernmost tip of Manhattan (and looking like something out of a Harry Potter movie) is The Cloisters. Technically, it’s part of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, devoted to the art and architecture of the European Middle Ages. And it’s about the most unexpectedly beautiful place you’ll find on an island known more for its hustle and bustle than peace and quiet.

Hand-woven tapestries, stained glass and dozens of other 12th through 15th century treasures adorn the halls of this magical place. The Cloisters also features an impressive collection of religious artifacts, including illustrated manuscripts and ivory carvings. With so many pieces of history on display in their original context, it’s hard not to get swept away.

A tour of the enclosed gardens reveals many medicinal and edible plants typically used around the early 14th century. If you have the time, there’s also a gorgeous park to explore just outside, with amazing views of the George Washington Bridge.

The Cloisters is enough to make you forget you’re anywhere near the big city, and it’s all just a short cab ride from Midtown Manhattan. Tell your driver you want to go to Fort Tryon Park, and you’ll be transported back in time… in no time at all.

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