East, North, and West Cloister


With low vaulted ceilings and stone benches, the red brick Romanesque-style Cloisters that surround the courtyard on the Museum’s ground floor provide a quiet frame around the dramatic four-story courtyard. Sculptures from medieval European churches and monasteries dominate the space but are mixed with objects from other periods and cultures. To one side, exuberant figures dance together on a Roman sarcophagus, while an intricately carved Islamic tombstone can be found nearby beneath the main stairs.

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