Thursday Doors – September 22, 2016

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The Cloisters – #MetMuseum in NYC – Part 1

Opened as a separate branch of the Metropolitan Museum in New York in 1938 The Cloisters is dedicated to Medieval European art, architecture, gardens, and religious artifacts.

I recently had the good fortune to spend an afternoon exploring this place on the upper west side of Manhattan that offers visitors sweeping views of the Hudson river as well as an astounding collection of pieces recovered from abandoned, ransacked, and otherwise forgotten Abbeys throughout 12th to 15th century Europe.


Stepping onto the grounds of The Cloisters leaves one with the feeling of having stepped back in time.


Peaceful natural surroundings, iron gates, cobblestone pathways, stone buildings, and hidden nooks and crannies deliberately carry you back to the secluded monastic life of Gothic and Romanesque periods of Europe.


Within a matter of minutes it becomes very easy for the visitor to forget that they’re still in one of the most populated and bustling cities on earth.


Shall we head on inside and take a look at some of the amazing doors that are part of The Cloisters collection?


In retrospect my biggest mistake during this visit was being so agog at the history in front of me that I forgot to take pics of the information signs that accompany each piece.


What can I say? I was truly overwhelmed…and with good reason.


So unfortunately if you ask me if this one is from Spain or France or Italy, I honestly don’t remember 😦


Keep in mind, that what I’m showing you is simply the doors.


Just imagine the sculptures, tapestries, paintings and mosaics, carvings, pottery and other artwork.


What I can tell you is that each of these is handmade, hand-carved, and dates back at least 450 years.


If you appreciate this sort of stuff, then by all means if ever you are in the New York City area do yourself a favor and set aside part of a day to visit this place for yourself.


You will not be disappointed.


Stay tuned, I’ll have more in part 2 next week.


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About Norm 2.0

World’s youngest grumpy old man & heart failure wonder boy. Interests: writing, woodworking, photography, travel, tennis, wine, and I know a bit about power tools.
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84 Responses to Thursday Doors – September 22, 2016

  1. Norm I’ve never been to New York, but these doors alone would do it for me!

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  2. These are all so amazing! I love the hardware on them too!

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  3. calensariel says:

    The third picture in the boy of the post got me. I would SO love to just sit there on the steps and imagine for a few minutes. Awesome! That’s going on my bucket list!

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  4. Oh wow! These are gorgeous doors! I also liked the iron gates and archways. The pottery ain’t bad either! 🙂

    This was on my list to do and see while in NYC but we ran out of time, and it didn’t look like it was going to be an easy or quick trip to and from from Mid-town to it via public transportation.

    It’s definitely staying on my list! I’m looking forward to Part II.

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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      Thanks Deborah, it’s a bit of a haul to get there so I’d set aside a good portion of the day for a visit. 45 mins each to get there and back, at least 3 hours to tour the place, plus some time to sit and enjoy the views and atmosphere in the courtyard.

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  5. Those are some fantastic doors! And the photos show texture, lines, frame within a frame. Great!

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  6. marianallen says:

    I want a LOVE button! I do love The Cloisters! When my mother took #4 Daughter and me to New York, the one place a absolutely wanted to go was to The Cloisters — and we did. ~happy sigh~ I wrote one of my favorite stories inspired by the visit, specifically by the Unicorn Tapestries there.

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  7. Andrea R Huelsenbeck says:

    One of my favorite places on earth. Thanks for these beautiful pictures.

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  8. Wow! These are just beautiful! We couldn’t make it to the cloisters during our recent stay in New York. Seeing these photos, a visit to the cloisters is definitely on the to-do list for the next visit to NY.

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  9. I absolutely love your photos and the interesting tidbits you shared. I also love the idea of
    Thursday’s Doors. Kudos – job well done!

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  10. lifelessons says:

    What gorgeous doors this week!!! Mine is quite a contrast to yours, Norm:

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  11. jesh stg says:

    Can’t remember if I commented, though this is the second time I looked and for some reason I skipped the last door – what a beauty! I love “old” in general since it has more ambience, and often also skill. So this post is priceless!

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  12. prior.. says:

    wonderful place and I can see how one can forget being in bustling NYC. My fav of this post is the second one – the opened iron door with into of red window – so inviting and rich.

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  13. Helen Jones says:

    What an extraordinary place! I had no idea there was somewhere like that in Manhattan. Lovely doors, too 🙂

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  14. Hi Norm, hope you don’t mind but I’m just testing to see where this comment ends up.
    Cheers, Hugh

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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      Yes it was indeed in the spam filter 😦

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      • I thought so, Norm. And the added problem is that if you get un-spammed and the blogger replies to you, you don’t get an email notification informing you that the blogger has replied. The only way you’ll know is by checking your notification box in the top left hand corner of your blogs dashboard. Such a frustrating problem which it seems only WordPress can fix.
        Thanks for checking for me. I appreciate it very much.

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  15. I think you just out-did yourself, these are fantastic doors! Did you think about opening that door that had a sign posted above it to see if the fire hoses were really behind the door? 🙂

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  16. Such a fabulous place, allowing you to step back in time like that. I love that tapestry, too.

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  17. Candy says:

    Love the carving on that last one! You’ve hit the jackpot here.

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  18. Cee Neuner says:

    I really like your gallery of doors this week. Thanks Norm for hosting.

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  19. jan says:

    Wow. You really found the Holy Grail of Doors! Fabulous!

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  20. Ludwig says:

    Wow! This is reason enough for a trip to NYC!

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  21. Fabulous doors, Norm. These massive, carved doors have quite an impressive presence.

    My apologies, I posted twice using the submission button. I finally figured out the data entry fields on the second try. 🙂


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  22. bikerchick57 says:

    These are gorgeous doors, Norm. The first archway with the iron doorway reminds me of the abbey in “The Sound of Music.” I can hear the singing…

    My favorite door is the one that has the fire hose behind it. Did you open it to make sure?

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  23. Love these doors and the iron gates.

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  24. dennyho says:

    So now the Cloisters is on my list of places to visit the next time I go to New York. GREAT photos this week!!! Time to check out the other submissions…

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  25. willowdot21 says:

    This a fabulous post, I had no idea this collection existed! I have only been to New York once and that was at least 5years ago. This stunning place looks so incongruous to its situation in New York ! Just amazing great post! … Sadly it is a very long way to come back! xxxx

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  26. Nato says:

    It is like a door wonderland! So many beautiful and intricate doors. Love it:) Thanks for sharing.

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  27. joey says:

    Amazing collection! So much carving and detail. Also, pottery, ooh! 🙂

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  28. I would like to share my doors entry. Taken in Florence, Italy. DaVinci called it the Gateway to Heaven

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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      Thanks Candace and welcome to #ThursdayDoors 🙂
      For future reference the links go in the link-up list – look for the blue “froggie” button near the end of my post. Cheers!


  29. Joanne Sisco says:

    You had me sold at the beginning with the beautiful archways. Then you started tossing in those wonderful wooden doors inside!
    From the tall narrow cabinet 6 photos in with the massive ironwork, to the 4th photo from the end with the very unusual hinges – I loved them all.

    Was it really as quiet there as your photos suggest, or were you just very strategic in your photo taking?

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  30. What an incredible collection, Norm! The cabinet doors especially are wonderful. If I ever get to NYC again, make a point to visit. I’ve also done the thing of forgetting to photograph or write down what something is. 🙂


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  31. Pistachios says:

    Jeez, I guess I’ll have to go and read all the info signs for myself then… Not like I needed more reasons to want to visit New York 😉

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  32. Wow! Those are some beauties. Wonderfully composed and lit as well. Like you said, hard to believe you are in a busy city.

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  33. Some lovely doors, what a place that must be to explore!

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  34. Dan Antion says:

    You’ve sold me, Norm. I will manage to get up there on one of my trips to the city. These doors are beautiful, as was the photo you shared in an earlier post. I love the door in front of the fire hose. Such beauty in a utilitarian role. Great photos of a wonderful place. Thanks for sharing these with us.

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  35. reocochran says:

    The intricately carved doors fascinate me in your examples of doors, shelves and cabinets, Norm. We have churches with some of these elements, but not nearly as old. The tour of the Cloisters in NY, as well as the museum’s and art galleries, are places I need to see as an adult! Happy Thursday, Norm! 🙂

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  36. Vicky says:

    Excellent doors this week. Even if they were transported from Europe, at least they are preserved incongruously in Manhattan!

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  37. BeckyB says:

    Wow so many doors . . . . . . I do find it fascinating how America loves buying, rescuing and perhaps sometimes ‘borrowing’ architecture from Europe. Guess a bit like how Victorian and Edwardian Europe liked to rescue and borrow from ancient Europe.

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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      Thanks Becky. Interesting observation, though I think it could also just be a general human fascination with history and the past. After all there’s a lot we can learn from those who came before us.

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