The Abbey of St Gall has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1983. The monastery complex with its Baroque cathedral and the oldest, most beautiful medieval monastery library in the world has become a symbol of St Gallen.
Swiss Old Town St. Gallen
Take a journey back in time through this fascinating city in Eastern Switzerland. The old town is packed full of narrow alleyways and lively squares, along with elegant and brightly-painted merchants’ houses from the 16th-18th centuries, many of which are adorned with magnificent bay windows. However, the real heart of the old town is still the Abbey of St Gall with its Baroque cathedral and medieval library.
Oldest monastery library
The library is considered one of the oldest and most beautiful monastery libraries in the world. The impressive Baroque main hall of the library (which is still in use today) was built between 1758 and 1767 and houses around 160,000 books. This includes impressive collections of original early medieval manuscripts and more than 400 volumes that are over 1,000 years old.
The Roman Catholic cathedral was built between 1755 and 1767 and was one of the last sacral structures to be built in the Baroque style. The choir has 84 hand-carved seats and with a bit of luck you might get a chance to hear the three organs, which date from the Middle Ages.
St Gallen also boasts a huge choice of lively street cafés and traditional restaurants.