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Opened by the State in 1844, the Cluny Museum is an excellent way to get away from the crowds. In the heart of the Latin Quarter, the remains of a Roman bath—one of the finest surviving examples of Roman architecture in the city—are joined to a Gothic Abbey. This historically hybrid building is worth a visit for the architecture alone. But it also houses a stunning collection of art from a 1,000-year period of medieval history.
Very little is known about the origins of the original tapestry set of the Lady and the Unicorn series which were woven with wool and silk in Flanders around 1500. Many different interpretations have been suggested over the years but no one can agree on their meaning. Each tapestry portrays a unicorn interacting with a woman. In medieval times, a unicorn was often seen as a representation of Christ, with the horn being a symbol of the unity between Christ and God. In each of the six tapestries in the series, unicorns are used to aid in the representation of the human senses sight, smell, touch, sound, taste and love.
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