My partner recently came to visit NY and I really wanted to show him around and be a tourist in my own city. I myself, have a huge love for museums and old art, so I decided to schedule a visit to the grand Metropolitan Museum of Art.
While doing some research for his visit, I found out the Met actually has 3 museum buildings! What? Who knew?! (Probably many people who leave their house every now and then, but that was not me.)
Apparently, there is an old church on the upper west side in Washington Heights that was turned into a gorgeous little museum called The Met Cloisters. That is where we decided to go, and boy am I glad!
This museum was an absolute marvel! I was very thoroughly impressed! There. we saw many beautiful paintings that were hundreds of years old, yet somehow preserved to keep their wildly vibrant colors! They had various sculptures, altars, tombs, romantic outdoor gardens surrounded by stunning pillars, and my favorite - stained glass.
The old church building was kept as is with many old school stairways where I imagine secrets were whispered between men of high importance and damsels met their lovers in secret.
For New York residents the price is donation based and you pay as you like. If you are visiting as a group that contains at least one NY resident, the "pay as you wish" price extends to the whole group. Otherwise it is $25 for those not residing in NY.
This place is fantastic for an impromptu photo shoot, so dress nicely when you visit, but watch out, there is a slightly cranky security lady who will not be fond of your extensive photo taking (HA!), but don't worry she's harmless. Brush her off and have your super great time!
Something So Feminine About Old Time Entryways
Today it is very apparent that it is a man's world in church, and almost everywhere else. However, way back in time, it was the Goddess who was worshiped! Women everywhere were revered, celebrated, and thought of as holy! Very little of that remains today, but we can still witness that old time practice through architecture conserved from the times of the Goddess.
In churches, it can especially be witnessed through every single entryway one passes through. The doorways, are distinctly shaped as the external female reproductive organs. There are MANY variations but they very often have these things in common - there is a triangular design at the top signifying the small portion of the female body designed solely to bring forth pleasure. The tip of this triangle is often 3 dimensional and sometimes overlaps as if depicting the protective hood of this very sensitive organ. The hollow entry way directly below signifies the holy birth canal through which all life must pass to enter this world. Don't believe me?? Just attend mass on Sunday!
Some Of The art
I probably took photos of every single piece of art they had, but you should still go see it in person for yourself. The museum is marvelous and so much of the old art is so incredibly well preserved. Most definitely worth the visit.
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