5 Sights in St. Gallen, Switzerland (with Map and Images)

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Here you can find interesting sights in St. Gallen, Switzerland. Click on a marker on the map to view details about the sight. Underneath is an overview of the sights with images. A total of 5 sights are available in St. Gallen, Switzerland.

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1. Stiftsbezirk

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The Abbey of Saint Gall is a dissolved abbey (747–1805) in a Catholic religious complex in the city of St. Gallen in Switzerland. The Carolingian-era monastery existed from 719, founded by Saint Othmar on the spot where Gallus had erected his hermitage. It became an independent principality between 9th and 13th centuries, and was for many centuries one of the chief Benedictine abbeys in Europe. The library of the Abbey is one of the oldest monastic libraries in the world. The city of St. Gallen originated as an adjoining settlement of the abbey. The abbey was secularized around 1800, and in 1848 its former church became a Cathedral. Since 1983 the abbey precinct has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Wikipedia: Abbey of Saint Gall (EN)

2. St. Laurenzen

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The Church of St. Laurenzen is the Evangelical Reformed parish church of the city of St. Gallen. The construction of the first church is estimated to date back to the middle of the 12th century. For almost three hundred years, the church was the political, religious and social centre of the city republic of St. Gallen and has had a lasting impact on the history of the city. Even today, it is the meeting room of the local citizens of the city. The church takes its name from the martyr Laurentius of Rome, to whom it was dedicated. It is classified as a building worthy of national protection and is therefore under federal monument protection as a monument of national importance.

Wikipedia: Kirche St. Laurenzen (DE)

3. St. Leonhardskirche

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The Protestant St. Leonhard's Church in St. Gallen was designed by the Berlin architect Johannes Vollmer in neo-Gothic style; the construction was managed by the St. Gallen architect Ferdinand Wachter. After two years of construction, the church was consecrated on 1 May 1887. The parish of St. Gallen sold the church to private in 2004; since then, the building has been used for cultural events.

Wikipedia: St. Leonhardskirche (St. Gallen) (DE)

4. Stiftsbibliothek

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Stiftsbibliothek Stiftsbibliothek St. Gallen / CC BY-SA 3.0

The Abbey Library of Saint Gall is a significant medieval monastic library located in St. Gallen, Switzerland. In 1983, the library, as well as the Abbey of St. Gall, were designated a World Heritage Site, as “an outstanding example of a large Carolingian monastery and was, since the 8th century until its secularisation in 1805, one of the most important cultural centres in Europe”.

Wikipedia: Abbey library of Saint Gall (EN)

5. Stiftskirche

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Stiftskirche Petar Marjanovic / CC BY 2.5

The Stiftskirche St. Gallus und Otmar is a Roman Catholic church in the city of St. Gallen, Switzerland. Part of the Abbey of St. Gall, it has been the cathedral of the Diocese of St. Gallen since 1847.

Wikipedia: St. Gallen Cathedral (EN)

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