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Convent of St Gall

Address: Klosterhof 6, St. Gallen, Switzerland
Phone Number: 071/227-34-88
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Ranked #2 of 19 Attractions in St. Gallen
Type: Architectural Buildings, Sights & Landmarks
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Geneva, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

This is a beautiful cathedral built (actually re-built) in the 18th century, i.e. later than most of the others. Paintings are beautiful and the decoration amazing. I was really stunned. Don't miss it while you are in St Gallen.

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 via mobile

You can be in a Awe! It is so beautiful... so majestic. The decoration is elaborate and simple in the same time. We visited hundreds of churches and never saw one like this. Great Carolingian monastery,from the 8th century. We loved it...a Yes! Don't missed it

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

If you find yourself in St Gallen make a point of visiting this very ancient & since 1983, UNESCO world heritage site. The Monastry here was founded by St Gall, one of the "disciples" of St Columba of Iona fame in the 8th century. The church is very ornate & stunningly beautiful in the Baroque style. The High Alter is... More 

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St. Gallen, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Impressive convent in the middle of the ancient city of st. gallen. Very few tourists during the. My favourite city in Switzerland.

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Geneva, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

Since its founding in the 8th century, the convent has been known as an intellectual and religious center. Fascinating place to learn about the Protestant reform in Switzerland and it's effect on religious, social and political life. Since1983 the Abbey of St. Gall is recognised as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site.

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

i have found, in my limited time in Switzerland, that churches are not so ornately decorated as in other parts of Europe. I understand that that is because of the path that the Reformation took here. But this church certainly sports Baroque touches and has some beautiful sculpture to help you with your meditation.

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Geneva, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

The outside of the abbey was newly renovated but the inside of the cathedral is marvelous. Behind the catheral is where you can find the library. Further outside the square is a funicular going up to have scenic view of the whole town.

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Zürich
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

Do go there if you are in St Gallen but nothing to die for. I was expecting more after reading the description on the TA. Outside was very nice but the inside is not that great, certainly not comparable to other cathedrals in Europe.

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

The church is absolutely breathtaking, with all its frescoes and incredible sculptures. Make sure you visit the library afterward, because you can't do one without the other. We recommend seeing the church first.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

Went to St Gallen ,after reading about the convent, this takes your breath away, Not only is the Convent stunning from the outside, walk in inside and be surprised by the beauty around you, stunning. Then off to the Library,which is out of this world, one of the most beautiful spaces of reflection and beauty you will find. Not only... More 

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