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Switzerland - Abbey Cathedral of St. Gallen

Switzerland - Abbey Cathedral of St. Gallen
The history of the monastery of St. Gallen (St. Gall) is dating back to the year 612, when an Irish monk named Gallus was on a preaching pilgrimage through Europe. He stumbled on a stone and dropped to a knee at the edge of the Steinach River, where he spotted a hungry bear. He gave the bear some of his bread, perhaps a bribe as not to eat him, but purportedly an offering to help him build a shelter. After Gallus' death, the spot grew in importance as a place of worship and a Benedictine monastery was founded in 747 by St Otmar and named after Gallus.

The Abbey of St Gallen and its monastery grew in stature and wealth, becoming a religious principality, ruled by Prince-Bishops. The Abbey Cathedral at St Gallen survived both the reformation and French Revolution, but under the influence of Napoleon in 1805, when the Canton of St Gallen was established, both the monastery and its political rule were dissolved.

The current cathedral was built between 1755 and 1767 and is one of the last monumental baroque monastic constructions in Europe. A white interior is adorned with malachite green stucco-work, rose marble altars and a gilded altar fence (main picture). The opulently ceiling frescoes (PiP 2) depict biblical characters. The interior is decorated with numerous carvings; among them a wonderful pulpit (PiP 3), several confessionals and eighty four choir seats (PiP 4).

Several of the buildings of the former monastery now house municipal offices. The Abbey Cathedral of St Gallen (PiP 1), the abbey library and the surrounding monastery buildings – (the St. Gallen Abbey District) - was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983.

MGN-Marcel, Petar Bojić, Dashur, Wiltrud Ludt and 91 other people have particularly liked this photo


120 comments - The latest ones
Judith Jannetta
Judith Jannetta
Wonderfully ornate....and an indoor fence
HFF Jaap!
13 days ago.
Ulrich John
Ulrich John
Excellent ! And thanks for the text ! Have a nice weekend, Jaap ! HFF !
13 days ago. Edited 13 days ago.
Katja
Katja
Flashy and pompous .... looks gigantic.
A nice HFF you and a nice weekend as well!
13 days ago.
Richard Nuttall
Richard Nuttall
lovely view Jaap HFF mate and a great weekend too!!
13 days ago.
Edward Bowthorpe
Edward Bowthorpe
Beautiful Jaap,eddie,
13 days ago.
Annemarie
Annemarie
most beautiful
Happy weekend!
13 days ago.
Schussentäler
Schussentäler
wunderschöne Kirche - sehr schöne PIPS
13 days ago.
Rosalyn Hilborne
Rosalyn Hilborne
A fabulous interior shot and splendid PiP's Jaap!!
Have a good weekend...Rosa.
13 days ago.
Maria W.
Maria W.
Mirakle!!! Bonan semajnfinon Jaap:)))
13 days ago.
John Cass
John Cass
Beautiful shot, wonderful detail.
13 days ago.
fifi
fifi
Absolument magnifique ! Quelle histoire ! o)
13 days ago.
Ian 1949
Ian 1949
Beautiful fence Jaap. HFF have a good week.
13 days ago.
Clyde Sostand
Clyde Sostand
Super shot
13 days ago.
Gerard Perin
Gerard Perin
super
13 days ago.
Tess Mc Kenna
Tess Mc Kenna
Lovely capture. Well done Jaap Regards Tess
13 days ago.
Marie-claire Gallet
Marie-claire Gallet
Thank you for sharing this beauty with us, Jaap !! The rich decoration of this abbey is simply splendid !!!!!!! Happy week-end to come !
13 days ago.
Nouchetdu38
Nouchetdu38
A marvelous baroque architecture!!!!!
A great shot!!!!!!!
13 days ago.
LotharW
LotharW
WoW und HFF, Jaap!
13 days ago.
cp_u
cp_u
Stunning perspective and geometry!
13 days ago.
tiabunna
tiabunna
A beautiful interior, Jaap. HFF and best wishes for the weekend.
13 days ago.
William Sutherland
William Sutherland
Stunning grandeur! Have a great weekend!
13 days ago.
Doug Shepherd
Doug Shepherd
Very eye-catching composition and great notes Jaap. HFF and a great weekend.
13 days ago.
J. Gafarot
J. Gafarot
The perfect picture; I know because I lived there for five years.
And as usual you offer us a very good note.
So it is a favorite, of course
13 days ago.
gezginruh
gezginruh
Superb!

HFF and have a nice weekend
Füsun
13 days ago.
Rainer Blankermann
Rainer Blankermann
HFF, Jaap. Great composition, excellent POV and symmetry. Beautiful colours and details!
12 days ago.
Mario Vargas
Mario Vargas
beautiful place, great shot, hff
12 days ago.
micritter
micritter
All five photos are superb. A very beautiful and totally impressive cathedral with amazing detailed work. Thank you for sharing.
12 days ago.
Percy Schramm
Percy Schramm
Congrats, Jaap for a great image with wonderful PiPs - and thank you for the informations. HFF and a sunny weekend !!!
12 days ago.
Roger (Grisly)
Roger (Grisly)
Fabulous place and terrific images Jaap,
HFF and a nice weekend.
12 days ago.
Adele
Adele
Magnificient interior , excellent details!
HFF and a nice weekend, Jaap!
12 days ago.
Valfal
Valfal
Probably the most ornate fence I have ever seen! HFF and a great weekend to you, Jaap! :-)
12 days ago.
Colin Ashcroft
Colin Ashcroft
That is very impressive and the symmetry beautifully captured. I once drove through St. Gallen obviously I should have stopped to see this !
12 days ago. Edited 12 days ago.
menonfire
menonfire
Ein wunderbares geistliches Stück Zaun ! HFF Jaap
12 days ago.
HappySnapper
HappySnapper
Wow that is very ornate Jaap and it is only through IPERNITY that you learn so much about a place that some or many of us never new existed.
12 days ago.
Keith Burton
Keith Burton
A wonderful set of images Jaap.............especially the intterior ones which are perfectly framed and exposed.
12 days ago.
Philippe Delmer
Philippe Delmer
Très jolis détails !
12 days ago.
╰☆☆June☆☆╮
╰☆☆June☆☆╮
Good work...
Have a nice weekend ;-)
12 days ago.
Kama 56
Kama 56
magnifique cette église
12 days ago.
Christel Ehretsmann
Christel Ehretsmann
what a busy church...with so many details !
12 days ago.
Ewald
Ewald
Faszinierend!!!
Schönes Wochenende!!!
12 days ago.
Jeff Farley
Jeff Farley
A most wonderful HFF Jaap - this must be the best ever !!!
12 days ago.
cammino
cammino
Good work!
12 days ago.
Pics-UM
Pics-UM
Sehr schöne Aufnahme und eine aufschlussreiche Beschreibung. TOP! Gruß Uwe
12 days ago.
Josiane Dirickx
Josiane Dirickx
Très belle compo !
12 days ago.
Hélène Lombard
Hélène Lombard
Un cadrage superbe sur ce choeur très riche et beau !!
12 days ago.
Trudy Tuinstra
Trudy Tuinstra
fantastic report
12 days ago.
Roger Bennion
Roger Bennion
A very beautiful interior. Excellent photography, Jaap.
12 days ago.
Nicole Merdrignac
Nicole Merdrignac
Photo superbe. Nicole.
12 days ago.
Ecobird
Ecobird
How beautifully elaborate and ornate Jaap. A terrific image. Lovely detail in the PiPs. HFF and have a good weekend
12 days ago. Edited 12 days ago.
Nacer Hakem
Nacer Hakem
Trè belle photo avec beaucoup de détails, bon week end !!
12 days ago.
Nitro76
Nitro76
Richement décorée. Amitiés, Richard
12 days ago.
Larry Drummond
Larry Drummond
That is one truly stunning interior !
12 days ago.
Ron Hanko
Ron Hanko
A bit elaborate for my taste, but a fabulous interior.
12 days ago.
Pam J
Pam J
Simply breathtaking !
12 days ago.
sasithorn_s
sasithorn_s
Splendid photo and PiPs, Jaap! Such amazing and elaborate interior!
Happy weekend!
12 days ago.
k.e.s_kloset
k.e.s_kloset
Such a beautiful series of images.

HFF, Jaap. Have a nice weekend. :)
12 days ago.
Alain P
Alain P
Très joli .
12 days ago.
Beatrice Degan(MARS)
Beatrice Degan(MARS)
Imposing interior so splendidly caught and composed!Enjoy your weekend Jaap!
12 days ago.
Guy Bacca
Guy Bacca
Belles photos de la cathédrale avec son intérieur somptueux
12 days ago.
Mizeuleu
Mizeuleu
grandiose belle photo, merci de la visite ...
12 days ago.
Falk Preusche
Falk Preusche
Fantastic view inside.
12 days ago.
ce que la lumière est aux yeux, l'air est aux poumons,
ce que la lumière es…
magnifica,,

Have a nice weekend
12 days ago.
Ferret Josiane
Ferret Josiane
magnifique ce cœur de cathédrale
11 days ago.
Nora Caracci VERY BUSY
Nora Caracci VERY BU…
gorgeous view, superb details !!!
bon weekend !
11 days ago.
Sonia Roosen
Sonia Roosen
Een juweeltje, hé gewoon prachtig!
Groeten uit België
11 days ago.
Little Nightwitch
Little Nightwitch
Uff, this is a very very special fence. Great view from the inside of the cathedral! Like a little heaven!

Beladet but heartly HFF!!! Have a sunny weekend!
11 days ago.
Dick M
Dick M
Magnificent, as usual!
11 days ago.
Riet Van Vliet
Riet Van Vliet
Een prachtige Foto.
11 days ago.
Susanne Hoy
Susanne Hoy
An impressive cathedral!
11 days ago.
M♥rJ Photogr♥phy !! ( Marj ) I LoVe it here !
M♥rJ Photogr♥phy !!…
Very beautiful & interesting information ...thank you Jaap !!!
11 days ago.
Lucette
Lucette
Très bel intérieur j'aime beaucoup Jaap !
11 days ago.
Christiane
Christiane
Oh ! This is really something !
Superb photograph, Jaap !
Have a nice week end, dear friend.
11 days ago.
beverleyplaya
beverleyplaya
. . . congratulations on Explore
and being in the number one spot . . .
11 days ago.
Jaap van 't Veen has replied to beverleyplaya
Thank you so much, didn't see that.
11 days ago.
beverleyplaya has replied to Jaap van 't Veen
my pleasure, you are always so thoughtful,
so thank you . . .
11 days ago.
Jadviga Grase
Jadviga Grase
Beautiful, Jaap!
Have a nice weekend!
11 days ago.
ROL/Photo
ROL/Photo
WAOUHHHH magnifique photo
de ce beau lieu..
bonne soirée Jaap
11 days ago.
Frank Roolooth
Frank Roolooth
A beautiful interior, very nice shot Jaap.
11 days ago.
Esther
Esther
So ornate! You did a great job of capturing the interior in difficult light.
11 days ago.
Manfred Kaddik
Manfred Kaddik
Faszinierend dieser Anblick
11 days ago.
Chris10
Chris10
Schitterende kathedraal Jaap. Wat een details hè, het één nog mooier dan het ander.
Dat hebben we niet, of bijna niet hier in Nederland...Erg mooi.

Groet en fijne zondag, Christien.
11 days ago. Edited 11 days ago.
Betty【ツ】
Betty【ツ】
Decoration too important for me, but beautiful composition, Jaap !
11 days ago.
sea-herdorf
sea-herdorf
sehr schöne Innenansicht, Jaap,
Freundliche Grüße und einen schönen Sonntag,
Erich
10 days ago.
Ron Hanko
Ron Hanko
Congratulations on Explore, Jaap.
10 days ago.
Guydel
Guydel
Superbe petit reportage !
10 days ago.
♥Annieta♥
♥Annieta♥
WOW! Prachtig interieur en koorhek!:)
10 days ago.
sunlight
sunlight
Ein schönes Foto von einer beeindruckenden Kirche Jaap !
10 days ago.
Wim Zoeteman
Wim Zoeteman
Wat een pracht en praal.
Ondanks mijn calvinistische opvoeding vind ik dit echt schitterend.
10 days ago.
Jaap van 't Veen has replied to Wim Zoeteman
Ik ben zelf ook helemaal niet godsdienstig, maar vind dat kerken vaak van een bijzondere schoonheid getuigen (en fotografische motieven leveren).
10 days ago.
Pachelbel Canon
Pachelbel Canon
Spectacular photograph of an amazing place
10 days ago.
Betty J W
Betty J W
Wow, this is absoluutely beautiful. Love the photo!
10 days ago.
Monique Tosan
Monique Tosan
Belle histoire que celle du monastère .Tres beau baroque riche en dorures et décors ...
10 days ago. Edited 9 days ago.
Jean
Jean
Wonderful building and fabulous interior.
10 days ago.
Gudrun
Gudrun
Fabulous photos! This is a place I have yet to visit.
9 days ago.
Jaap van 't Veen has replied to Gudrun
Highly recommended !!
9 days ago.
Emma Gee (Imageering)
Emma Gee (Imageering…
Lovely shot Jaap, very belated HFF. :)
9 days ago.
Peter Castell
Peter Castell
Wonderful capture of an amazing cathedral Jaap
9 days ago.
Simone Maurel
Simone Maurel
so beautiful ...nice day
9 days ago.