For people of faith and people just interested in historic European religious art and architecture a visit to the Cloisters in northern Manhattan is a must while in the vicinity of New York.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art has gathered relics and parts of monasteries from many places in Europe and the United States into one place and reconstructed them to form a beautiful museum.
The museum contains over 2,000 works of art and most of it dates from the 12th through the 15th century European period.
This is a peaceful place. One could imagine lingering here all day in meditative thought and prayer, or at least serenity of soul and freedom from the pressures and pains of daily life.
I cherish the memory of my visit last year and hope to return soon. In fact I wish I was there right now.
If I lived in NYC visits to the Cloisters would be a regular routine.