The presence of several museums and art houses testify the unending love and care of Parisians towards the preservation of art and artifacts from history. The city hosts many kinds of museums, each dedicated to showcasing a certain discipline whether it is art, sculpture, artifacts, photographs, or anything artistically important. The Musée de Cluny or the Musée National du Moyen Age is one such museum dedicated to medieval art, architecture, and artifacts. Being one of the oldest buildings in Paris, the Musée de Cluny is a notable destination that will certainly reward visitors on Paris tours.
The Musée de Cluny is known for its rich collection of artifacts and artwork from the medieval periods. This entire collection represents a reproduction of the medieval life that includes manuscripts, sculptures, furnishings, and stained glass. Most of these collections are sourced from the seventh and eighth century and include some rare gold and ivory pieces.
One of the most noteworthy collections inside the Musée de Cluny includes the tapestries from the Middle Ages, with “The Lady and the Unicorn” being the most prominent. Known as the finest artistic creations from the Middle Ages, these are woven in wool and silk and dates back to the 15th Century. The other notable collection is the Pilier des Nautes, a square section stone bas-relief dating from the first century.
Located in the fifth arrondissement of Paris, the building that houses the museum is known as Hotel de Cluny. The building was actually held by the abbots of Cluny in the early 14th Century. The various gothic and renaissance elements that are seen in the building today is because of the rebuilt process is done by the Bishop of Clermont Jacques d’Amboise. It changed hands into many prominent individuals such as Mary Tudor.
The building was used to keep artworks under the occupation of Alexandre du Sommerard a prominent art collector. The museum was opened to public within a year of his death in 1842. Like the impressive collections inside, the building that houses the Musée de Cluny has also a much richer history in itself, which will surely reward visitors on Paris tours to know more about medieval art and history.
Gallo-Roman Thermal Baths
Another incredible attraction that visitors must see inside the Musée de Cluny is the ruins of Gallo-Roman thermal baths. Dating back to the 3rd Century AD, this thermal bath ruin offers a rich insight into the history of the place. The entire building that houses the museum is constructed on top of this bath ruins. Besides, the museum also contains the remains of Thermes de Cluny, which was actually built around 200 AD, and later destroyed during the barbarian invasions that followed.