Musée National du Moyen Age/Thermes de Cluny (Musée de Cluny)
Type: Architecture, Art Museums, Attractions, Historic Sites, History Museums, Museums
There are many good reasons to visit this National Museum of the Middle Ages housed in the heart of Paris' most ancient quarter, the Latin Quarter. To begin with the medieval artifacts on display here... Read More
There are many good reasons to visit this National Museum of the Middle Ages housed in the heart of Paris' most ancient quarter, the Latin Quarter. To begin with the medieval artifacts on display here are some of the most treasured in Europe, including the famed Lady and The Unicorn tapestries woven in Flanders of wool and silk based on designs drawn in Paris around 1500 c.e. There are also the stained glass collections (an entire room of it), the Reliquary of the Holy Umbilical Cord, and the Illuminated Manuscripts. The structure itself, the Hôtel de Cluny, is fascinating too since it was built over what was once the 3rd c. Gallo- Roman baths. The baths were actually located where the second building, the frigidarium or cooling room, was built over the "Thermes de Cluny." All of this is to be found right in St. Michel, the center of Paris.
- Museums: "Herman Melville references this building, the Hôtel de Cluny, in his classic Moby-Dick."
- Best for Museums Because: Considered one of the greatest works of art of the Middle Ages in Europe, the tapestries, The Lady and The Unicorn, are on display here.