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 and swirls, where you feel surrounded by the knowledge of a thousand years. 'The font of knowledge' it says above the door, and it's absolutely true. There are uncounted treasures here, a tribute to a time when religion and science did not exclude one another the way they do now.
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