Wednesday, February 21, 2007


This is the Romanesque LANGON CHAPEL as seen through my Nikon lens when I visited the CLOISTERS a while back. The interior stonework of the chapel originated from a 12th century church in southwestern France. Behind the chapel is the west terrace overlooking the Hudson River. A replica of a medieval monastery, the Cloisters are located on top of cliffs of Fort Tyron Park in the Washington Heights section of northern Manhattan. This New York City landmark houses the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s vast collection of artwork and architecture from medieval Europe (dating from about A.D. 800; 12th through 15th century). The collection includes priceless tapestries of the Unicorn Hunt, magnificent stained-glass windows, Gothic and Romanesque art, and architectural installations. During warmer months, the gardens are also worth visiting.

Many Christians around the world observe ASH WEDNESDAY today, the beginning of the Lenten season, to express penitence.