Abbey Cathedral of Saint Gall

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James Blake Wiener
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published on 17 December 2018

The Convent of St Gall, located in St. Gallen, Switzerland, is a perfect example of a great Carolingian monastery, was, from the 8th century CE to its secularization in 1805 CE, 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 CE, 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. According to Catholic tradition, it was founded by the Irish Saint Gall in c. 720 CE.


About the Author

James Blake Wiener
James is a writer and former Professor of History. He holds an MA in World History with a particular interest in cross-cultural exchange and world history. He is a co-founder of Ancient History Encyclopedia and formerly was its Communications Director.

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