The Cluny Museum

I joined Lisa the other day for a visit to the Cluny Museum. We wanted to see the Lady and the Unicorn tapestries which were now housed in a renovated space. But first, I want to show you what else is in the museum.

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Outside, on the street, is an ancient door with what was once a bell pull, the head of a dog.

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First you enter the courtyard. It is of 16th century design and was built by Jacques d’Amboise, Abbot of Cluny. The cobblestone Cour d’Honneur contains flamboyant Gothic building wings with seashell motifs popular at that time. There are gargoyles and turreted walls with dormer windows.

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There is lovely architecture everywhere you look.

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Loved this sundial.

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Inside the museum you will find this heads which were discovered in a garden in the 1970’s. There were once the heads of statues of the Judean Kings on front of Notre Dame which were cut off during the Revolution even though they had nothing to do with France.

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The Abbey was built on top of Roman Baths which date back to 200 AD. Incredible.

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There are some lovely sculptures of wood.

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Many of them have traces of paint on them.

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This was a sculpture of Christ. I just found the “laugh lines” incredible.

4 thoughts to “The Cluny Museum”

  1. Hello! I realize now my mistake when I commented on the FB photo the other day. I was at the Cluny in Paris with a friend, the same year I went to Normandy and the Loire Valley on a road trip with my hubby. I got my sites, locations and exhibits all mixed up! There is no similarity between these lovely tapestries and the really old display of wonderful needlework at Bayeux. Sheesh!

    Anyway, your photos are fantastic. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Linda, Terrific photos of the Cluny. I’ve been to this museum but think I must miss so much not speaking French. I didn’t know it used to be a Roman bath.

  3. Thanks for the wonderful tour of the Cluny. I’ve walked by it many times but never found the time to visit. Next time I’m in Paris, I definitely will go inside. Such lovely wooden sculptures..in polychrome? Re the beheaded statues: perhaps the revolutionaries didn’t like the idea of kings regardless where they were from or, more likely, they simply didn’t know they weren’t French royalty.

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