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Convent of St Gall

Klosterhof 6, St. Gallen, Switzerland
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Ranked #2 of 15 attractions in St. Gallen
Type: Architectural Buildings
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The Hague, The Netherlands
13 reviews 13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
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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The Hague, The Netherlands
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34 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Why this abbey is on the Unesco World Heritage List is perhaps not immediately obvious: there are larger baroque abbeys after all. The reason is the age of Sankt-Gallen, and the truly unique gem that is the library. Do not visit the cathedral alone, but absolutely do go and visit the library. It is a glorious room, all sweeping curves... More

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Basel, Switzerland
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126 reviews 126 reviews
75 attraction reviews
170 helpful votes 170 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

I have seen a lot of Cathedrals in Europe and I can without a second thought say that it is one of the most stunningly beautiful Cathedrals I have ever seen. It definitely deserves the UNESCO World heritage status and this Baroque style architecture definitely deserves a visit, whether or not you are an architecture enthusiast. I would definitely suggest... More

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San Diego, California
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18 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

The cathedral isn't listed so using this to review what is an absolutely gorgeous cathedral. The color palate is unusual but beautiful. Every detail is just amazing. Se the cathedral and then the Abbey Library. Just those two places make a visit to St Gallen worth it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2013

Mandatory attraction when in St Gallen. Step into the cathedral and experience the serenity. Be amazed at the architecture and construction and soak in the history! Behind the cathedral complex is a water fall with mining tunnels. There is a path that leads up to the southern slopes of St Gallen. The walk is well worth the effort!

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51 reviews 51 reviews
23 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

Beautiful architecture, fascinating medieval frescos, free organ concerts on Saturdays, and the UNESCO World-Heritage Library just around the corner - what's not to like?

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2013

The convent is really several things rolled into one. The most unique aspect is the Library. This is a truly rare collection of early manuscripts and is not to be missed. However, I personally fell in love with the cathedral. From the exterior it looks nice but the interior is absolutely stunning. With a mainly white undertone, the frescos et... More

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St. Gallen, Switzerland
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33 reviews 33 reviews
7 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2013

I love how light this building is compared to others and even prefer it to Einsiedeln. There are so many details to admire when sitting down and looking around 360 degrees. It's lovely to visit the Christmas concert and listen to the amazing choir in such an atmospheric setting. My visitors are always impressed.

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55 reviews 55 reviews
11 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

First of all, St Gallen, was a monastery, not a convent; until Napoleon did away with ecclesiastical principalities in the territory of the Holy Roman Empire, the Abbot of St Gallen was also the secular prince of what is today the northern and western parts of the modern canton. Construction of the new abbey was finished just years before Napoleon's... More

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St. Gallen, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

one of the best buildings - nice renovated. First monastery was built in the year 612 by irish monk Gallus. Legend is a bear - helping him. Please be quit if visiting during mess celebration - thank you.

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