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Convent of St. Gall

Klosterhof 6, St. Gallen 9000, Switzerland
+41 71 224 05 50
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Place to be in St Gallen

Nice place with good surroundings. You can sun outside thid place. Inside it is very soothing and... read more

Reviewed 5 April 2017
Mumbai (Bombay), India
Very impressive ...

... late baroque with rich yet tasteful decoration. Surprising low ceiling. Few visitors on a... read more

Reviewed 14 February 2017
Stefan G
Lucerne, Switzerland
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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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4 Apr 2017
“Place to be in St Gallen”
13 Feb 2017
“Very impressive ...”
Klosterhof 6, St. Gallen 9000, Switzerland
+41 71 224 05 50
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Reviewed 5 April 2017

Nice place with good surroundings. You can sun outside thid place. Inside it is very soothing and very calm.

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Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

... late baroque with rich yet tasteful decoration. Surprising low ceiling. Few visitors on a sunday winter morning. A bit of a shame that larger parts are locked and not available for visti. Maybe for guided tours but not to the public ?

Thank Stefan G
Reviewed 18 January 2017

The Convent of St. Gall is a wonderful place, not only the dome, but also the place in front of the church and the whole surrounding of the old part of the city of St. Gallen

1  Thank Iris S
Reviewed 9 January 2017 via mobile

This, coupled with the Cathedral & Abbey Library, is a must see when visiting Switzerland. It is part of a comprehensive religious complex. The cathedral was constructed in the 18th century and has beautiful artwork on the ceilings, as well as master wood and stone...More

Thank MJCorreia
Reviewed 18 September 2016

St. Gallen is a picturesque city with stunning architecture and buildings everywhere you walk and the cathedral is no different. Enjoy the grounds and square, and be sure to find your way inside, you won't be disappointed.

Thank TryppAdams
Reviewed 16 August 2016

It's nice to walk around the convent and cathedral, you can even sit on the green grass. Easy to find and beautiful

Thank Za036
Reviewed 20 July 2016

The Baroque cathedral is very impressive and ornate. Ditto for the front façade. Definitely worth a stop in St. Gallen. Be sure to tour the library as well.

Thank RichardK938
Reviewed 19 July 2016

We went to St. Gallen just to see the Abbey. It would have been nice if there were signs directing tourists to it. The outside is simple but the inside is gorgeous. A lot of beautiful paintings and woodwork.

Thank ElizabethAnn_33
Reviewed 17 June 2016

Convent of St Gall is one of the main reasons to visit the town. Added as a Unesco World Heritage site in 1983.

Thank chitownsam
Reviewed 17 June 2016 via mobile

This sight is one of the major touristic sight of the town of St.Gallen, the tiny town in NE region of Switzerland. Convent outside itself is not that stunning but the interior is quite fantastic. Hugh nice painting on the wall and ceiling is something...More

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Can you just walk into the Library Stiftsbibilothek or must you be with a tour? We will be in St. Gallen while a large fair is in town and we have been told by tourism that they are booked. Afraid we might miss this fantastic opportunity. Visiting between October 18 and 20. Fortunate to have found a room for the evening of the 19th. since the Fair ends the 18th.
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Response from Alastair M | Reviewed this property |
Hi yes we did have to go in with a guide who did a tour which lasted twenty minutes or so. After that we were free to remain and wander around as we liked. We went outside peak season and had not trouble just turning up... More