Monday, October 21, 2013

Museum Monday - Musee de Cluny

This medieval museum in Paris is a gem hidden 
away in the Latin Quarter in the 5th arrondissment. 

 Originally constructed in 1334 as residence for the Abbots of Cluny, (atop the remains of Gallo-Roman baths) it had a long and varied history before being donated to the state for use as a museum.  It is one of the finest remaining examples of medieval Gothic architectural in Paris.

I've been lucky enough to visit twice and both times my favourite exhibit was the Unicorn tapestries, La Dame a la Licorne, called the Tapestry Cycle.

 A series of six Flemish tapestries depicting the senses, created  between 1484 and 1500.  They are housed in a low light circular room and are breath taking for their artistry, their age and their beauty.

The courtyard is a lovely spot to sit for awhile and journal 
and soak in the feel of another age.