The museum's home is an exceptional Parisian monument -- the Cluny Abbey Hotel, which was built in the late 15th century, partially on remains of third century Gallo-Roman baths.
Its styles combine Gothic and Renaissance architecture and you'll find gargoyles dormers and craggy walls.
To tourists, Cluny may be best known for housing the famous Lady and the Unicorn tapestries (15th century).
The tapestries have their own room, a windowless chamber (and getting pix here is tough without flash!)
Considered one of the greatest works of art from Middle Ages Europe, there are six scenes that tell the story of chivalry, virtue and romance. Look carefully to discover which of the senses the tapestry depicts -- sight, sound, touch, taste, smell and one often interpreted as Love. The detail on the stitching is exquisite.
But there are other remarkable treasures here as well, including medieval sculptures...
illuminated manuscripts and stunning stained glass.
The stained glass is really remarkable, the colors as vibrant and beautiful as they no doubt were the day they were made.
The collection of medieval and Renaissance art and objects came largely from Alexandre du Sommerard and was acquired by the state upon his death. The museum opened in 1843.
There is a great sense of peace in this museum. It's more than the religious and historical artifacts that lend to the feeling of sacred space.
It is simply a feeling that surrounds you, wandering in the quiet, cool areas.
This isn't on everyone's "see it on my first trip to Paris" list -- but I would encourage one who loves history to rethink that! It's well worth it.
Happy to join in this week with Paris In July and Dreaming of France as links become available.