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[an error occurred while processing this directive]Convent at St Gall, Switzerland

[an error occurred while processing this directive][an error occurred while processing this directive] The Convent at St Gall (Fürstabtei Sankt Gallen) is a religious complex in St Gallen, Switzerland, that is today recognized as a World Heritage Site. It was one of the most important Carolingian-era abbeys from the time of its founding in AD 719 until secularization in 1805.

Stiftskirche St Gallus und Othmar in St Gallen, Switzerland
Stiftskirche St Gallus und Othmar in St Gallen, Switzerland
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The Convent of St Gall was established by Saint Othmar (689-759). It was built on the site where the Irish monk Saint Gall (550-646) had earlier built his hermitage. Othmar was appointed custodian of St Gall's relics.

The Convent of St Gall was a center for the flourishing of the arts, letters and sciences. Under Abbot Waldo of Reichenau (740-814), a library was established at the abbey which held many important manuscripts, drawing monks from the whole region.

Convent at St Gall was inscribed as a World Heritage Site during the 7th session of the World Heritage Committee in Florence, Italy, on 5 - 9 December, 1983.

World Heritage Site Inscription Details

Location: N47 25 23.988 E9 22 40.008 in St Gall, Switzerland
Inscription Year: 1983
Type of Site: Cultural
Inscription Criteria: II, IV


Stiftskirche St Gallus interior
Stiftskirche St Gallus interior
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