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Convent of St. Gall

Klosterhof 6, St. Gallen 9000, Switzerland
+41 71 224 05 50
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Small but beautiful

It looks pretty spectacular from the outside, then you enter and it looks more astonishing. The... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Sydney, NSW
Maybe the prettiest church after time chapel

I've been here a few times, amazing, pretty, you can feel the power in the place, quiet, religious... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Nuno Paulo G
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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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Klosterhof 6, St. Gallen 9000, Switzerland
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Reviewed 6 days ago

It looks pretty spectacular from the outside, then you enter and it looks more astonishing. The level of detail put into the ceiling is phenomenal. I made an effort to visit from Zurich and I wasn't disappointed.

Thank jebskulker
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I've been here a few times, amazing, pretty, you can feel the power in the place, quiet, religious and huge, it's a very big piece of art after all, even you aren't religious give it a change.

Thank Nuno Paulo G
Reviewed 24 August 2017

If you have any interest in architecture, religion, art, or history (just off the top of my head), make sure to stop and see this great place in person.

Thank SayBye2Me
Reviewed 17 August 2017

You must visit this church! Let you impress by the hugh building himself and then have a lokk of this beathtaking atmosphere inside.

Thank Swissfello
Reviewed 4 July 2017

This is an absolute must see if you are anywhere close to St. Gallen. It is so awe inspiring and is hands down the most beautiful church I have been in to date.

Thank victoriagordon0
Reviewed 4 April 2017

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

Thank anshul1goyal
Reviewed 13 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 17 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

2  Thank Iris S
Reviewed 8 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

1  Thank MJCorreia
Reviewed 17 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
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10 September 2015|
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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