From the UNESCO site:

The Convent of St Gall, a perfect example of a great Carolingian monastery, was, from the 8th century to its secularization in 1805, one of the most important in Europe. Its library is one of the richest and oldest in the world and contains precious manuscripts such as the earliest-known architectural plan drawn on parchment. From 1755 to 1768, the conventual area was rebuilt in Baroque style. The cathedral and the library are the main features of this remarkable architectural complex, reflecting 12 centuries of continuous activity.

convent of St. Gall

convent of St. Gall

convent of St. Gall

convent of St. Gall

convent of St. Gall

convent of St. Gall

convent of St. Gall

convent of St. Gall

We visited the convent of St. Gall in April 2013 the last. This time also visiting the cathedral which impresses with a the full-blown Baroque style of he cathedral. We highly recommend a visit of the convent and if you have time, of its library. The Klosterhof – the green garden infront of it- is a welcome place to enjoy the sun, read, have a cup of coffee with cake. A walk through the old town of St. Gallen will have many intriguing traditional architectural surprises for you too!

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