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Convent of St Gall

Klosterhof 6, St. Gallen, Switzerland
071/227-34-88
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Ranked #2 of 17 Attractions in St. Gallen
Type: Architectural Buildings
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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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The Hague, The Netherlands
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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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The Hague, The Netherlands
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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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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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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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Singapore
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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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