Seriously Old

The Cluny Museum, or National Museum of the Middle Ages, holds a premier collection of religious sculpture, stained glass, art and artifacts from the Middle Ages – in particular the famous 15th century Unicorn tapestries and original statues from Cathedral facades. And if the 11th century isn’t early enough, there are Roman baths on the grounds – Caesar’s idea of a spa weekend. It is a world away from the tourists and errant water bottles that crowd the larger museums. The dark, quiet interior of the Hôtel is perfect for the collection. I could overhear a concert of medieval music in the chapel that put me right in the mood for chivalrous knights, Abelard and Héloïse and chanting monks singing the Divine Offices.
The lives of medieval Parisians were hardscrabble and God-fearing. Royalty on the right bank, the clergy of Notre Dame on the island, and upstart Sorbonne intellectuals on the left bank. Since it’s my fantasy, I opted for the royal court, insuring ET creature comforts like beds, fires and chamber pots. With a tunic, an embroidered lace bodice and a fetching fur mantle I’d be ready for any social occasion or Anglo-Saxon invasion.
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  1. Comment by Diana | 08/01/11 at 11:33 am

    Wow! A 15th century Unicorn tapestries and Roman Baths! An incredible French cultural patrimony! I will definitely be heading to this National Museum very soon!

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