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“Exuberant baroque”

Convent of St. Gall
Ranked #2 of 32 things to do in St. Gallen
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Owner description: The cathedral represents one of the last monumental Baroque monastic constructions in Europe. It was built from 1755 to 1767 under the direction of Vorarlberg native and master builder Johann Michael Beer. The choir stalls with 84 lovely carved seats and the historic organ are works of art in and of themselves. Every Tuesday, there is a Evening Prayer (Domvesper)at 5.30 P.M. The inside of the church is painted in vibrant colours and adorned with stucco, and the interior is decorated with numerous carvings. A serene atmosphere prevails in the church thanks to the soft lighting and malachite green stucco. After the secularisation of the Convent in 1805, the church became a parish church and 1847 at the same time cathedral of the new founded diocese. In 2013, the altar area was renewed. Especially impressive is the baptism fountain with the respecting of the frescos of the cupola. Beside the different liturgy Services and concerts there are also guided tours, for example from may to September every Saturday at 10.30 A.M. (Free admission, collect).
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The Hague, The Netherlands
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“Exuberant baroque”
Reviewed 30 June 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 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.

Visited June 2014
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Prague, Czech Republic
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“Stunning both from inside and outside.”
Reviewed 12 June 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 a visit to this beautiful Cathedral, even if it is the only thing you all day.
Me and my husband went to St. Gallen, its a beautiful town. The Cathedral was our first stop and nothing else seemed just as beautiful after that.

Visited October 2013
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San Diego, California
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“Cathedral and Abbey of Saint Gallen”
Reviewed 1 June 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.

Visited May 2014
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“Work of art, deserving of UNESCO status”
Reviewed 24 October 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!

Visited October 2013
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“Beautiful Abbey complex”
Reviewed 3 September 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?

Visited September 2013
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