A Marvel in Nassau, Bahamas, Paradise Island - The Cloisters
Just in the center of the intimate Paradise Island in the Caribbean, there lies a wondrous place that I absolutely love to visit every time I return to the Bahamas. This beautiful marvel is called the Cloisters. Its beautifully intricate Augustinian stone structural ruins, which was built in the 12th century, remains to this day an admired and widely popular tourist attraction amongst those visiting the island.
Amidst the vivid tropical flowers, palm trees, the harbor, the One&Only Ocean Club, the beautiful sandy beach, and crystal clear waters, the structure allows it’s visitors to walk through it, right to the center, where a small garden encircles a stone figure of a woman with her head tilted downward, almost mimicking a reminiscence of what once was.
Each pillar of the stone structure shows different prominent carvings. It adds charm to each inch of the ruin and even more character to the already exquisite and tranquil island.
The circular gazebo at the base of the steps overlooks the water of the harbor with stone slabs curving around the base, lying on top of the finely trimmed grass. The gazebo has a leafy-coiled design, curving into an arch at the top with more stone carvings on each of those encircling pillars. When the sun beats down through the top of the gazebo it creates stunning curved shadows on the stone.
On the other side of the Cloisters lie even more wonders – statues, flowers, and lily ponds. More splendor. More discoveries. More enchantment to await those who come. They captivate each and every person who feasts his or her eyes on the beauties that lie within.
There are various romantically wistful statues ranging from angels embracing in a kiss, a woman sleeping, a woman standing in the middle of a garden looking as if she’s capturing a breeze, a statue of the Greek god, Zeus, which lies in the center of a lily pond, and even an old cracked and faded, yet still miraculous, sundial in the center of the walkway.
There are many wonderful attractions to see on Paradise Island besides the Cloisters, ranging from the ever-famous Atlantis, the straw market, Señor Frogs, the Pirate Museum, the Hog Island Lighthouse, and who could forget the powder-like sandy beaches and crystal clear water. Although the island holds much to offer tourists, the one place that I will always hold dear to me is the Cloisters.
The Cloisters is also widely known for their destination weddings. Many people each year fly to Paradise Island in the Bahamas to have their wedding through the One&Only Ocean Club at the Cloisters. In my opinion, if I were to have a destination wedding anywhere in the world, I wouldn’t do it any other place than the Cloisters in Paradise Island. The Ocean Club helps with arranging all of the planning to make the destination weddings that much more manageable.
If you are ever on vacation in Paradise Island, make sure to add the Cloisters to your list of attractions. I promise, it’s worth it.
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