UNESCO World Heritage

Abbey of St. Gall

1400 years of cultural history

The foundation stone for the abbey was laid in 612 by the Irish itinerant monk Gallus. A good 100 years later, Abbot Otmar revived the monastery and transformed it into an important centre for writing activities and book illumination. The spirit of the Benedictine monks can still be felt in the historically impressive walls today. The Abbey Library of St Gall, also known as the pharmacy of the soul, has what must be one of the most attractive rococo halls in Switzerland. Besides the 170,000 books, it also accommodates one of the most important autochthonous collections of medieval manuscripts in Europe. The Plan of St. Gall, the “Evangelium Longum” and the oldest conserved German language book, the “Abrogans”, are particularly worthy of note.

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Date of Inscription

1983

Criteria of Inscription

ii, iv

Category

Cultural Heritage

Region

St. Gall

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Abbey of St. Gall
This offer is available in German only After an introduction to the origins of the abbey of St.Gallen and to medieval book culture in the vaulted cellar and in ...
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Abbey of St. Gall
In 1983, the Abbey Library, together with the entire Abbey District of St. Gall, was inscribed by UNESCO on the World Heritage List. This was followed in 2017 by ...
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This offer is available in German only Die Tonspur eignet sich hervorragend zur Vorbereitung auf einen Besuch. Die Klasse 5/6a des Schulhauses Feldli aus St.Gallen ...
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This offer is available in German only How did a child grow up in a monastery? What did a monk own? An animated film, documents and writing materials give an ...
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The striking cathedral forms an impressive historical ensemble along with the Abbey library and Abbey archive. Find out what the UNESCO World Heritage of the ...
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This offer is only available in German!   Er zeigt nicht nur, was man vor 500 Jahren über die Geografie von Himmel und Erde wusste, sondern erzählt ...
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This offer is only available in German!   Auf dieser 50-minütigen Führung erkunden wir den Raum mit seinen prächtigen Holzarbeiten, ...
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This offer is only available in German!   Ihre Erkundung zeigt den Beitrag der Klöster zur Entstehung mittelalterlicher Kultur. Die Handschriften überliefern ...
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This offer is only available in German!   Diese Dokumente zeigen uns, dass ein Kloster wie St.Gallen nicht nur ein bedeutendes geistiges und kulturelles, ...
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This offer is only available in German!   Der Zugang zur Klosterwelt geschieht über verschiedene Lernarrangements:  Der St. Galler Klosterplan Die ...
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The book, first published in 2012 on the occasion of the 1400th anniversary and now available again in an updated and expanded form, is richly illustrated in colour ...
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This offer is only available in German!   Eine spannendes Rätsel, das sich quer durch den Stiftsbezirk erstreckt - soviel sei verraten. Das ...
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Even today, the monastery archives and library preserve invaluable written testimonies from that time. The baroque monastery complex testifies to the prosperity ...
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This offer is only available in German!   Zum Angebot zählen unter anderem spannende Podcasts, Videos sowie digitalisierte Handschriften oder Urkunden.   Zu den ...
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The striking cathedral forms an impressive historical ensemble along with the Abbey library and Abbey archive. More about it
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Abbey of St. Gall
Criterion (ii): The Abbey of Gozbert (816-837) exerted a significant influence on the development of monastic architecture following the Council of Aix-la-Chapelle, ...
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History Without its convent, the town of St. Gall would not exist. A vulnerable position far away from any major crossroads is not a likely setting to establish ...
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