Cathedral of St Gallen
The Abbey of Saint Gall (German: Fürstabtei Sankt Gallen) is a religious complex in the city of St. Gallen in present-day Switzerland. The Carolingian-era Abbey has existed since 719 and became an independent principality during the 13th century, and was for many centuries one of the chief Benedictine abbeys in Europe. It was founded by Saint Othmar on the spot where Saint Gall had erected his hermitage. The library at the Abbey is one of the richest medieval libraries in the world. Since 1983 it has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
St Gallen’s giant Baroque cathedral is unmissable. Designed by one Peter Thumb from Bregenz, it was completed in 1767 after just twelve years’ construction work. Easiest access is through the west door on Gallusstrasse, although it’s worth making your way through the church and out into the enclosed Klosterhof, at the heart of the complex, where you can see the full height of the extraordinary soaring east facade, dating from the 1760s. The convex facade of the apse rises above the formal lawns of the abbey, and is flanked by the two huge, concave towers rising in three sections. To the left is the palace wing, still the residence of the Bishop of St Gallen.
The interior of the cathedral is vast, a broad, brightly lit white basilica with three naves and a central cupola. Although not especially high, the interior has a sense of huge depth and breadth thanks to its accomplished architecture: from the sandstone of the floor and wood of the pews, fanciful light-green stuccowork – characteristic of churches in the Konstanz region – draws your eye up the massive double-width pillars to the array of frescoes on the ceiling. The frescoes (1757–66) are almost entirely the work of one artist: Josef Wannenmacher, from Tomerdingen in southern Germany. Above the western end of the nave is a panel showing Mary sitting on a cloud surrounded by angels. The huge central cupola shows paradise, with the Holy Trinity in the centre surrounded by concentric rings of cloud on which are arrayed apostles and saints. Details throughout the rest of the cathedral are splendid: the lavish, mock-tasselled pulpit; the ornate choir screen; the richly carved walnut-wood confessionals; the intricate choir stalls; and, far away at the back of the choir, the high altar flanked by black marble columns with gold trim. The south altar features a bell brought by Gallus on his seventh-century journey from Ireland, one of the three oldest surviving bells in Europe.
St. Gallen’s most famous landmark is its Baroque cathedral with the Abbey Library, which houses some 140,000 documents – in part hand-written and over a thousand years old. The library probably also has Switzerland’s most beautiful Rococo hall. The entire Abbey precinct was declared a UNESCO world heritage site in 1983.
The name and foundation of the town stem from the Irish missionary monk Gallus who founded a hermitage here around 612. From 747, the then St. Gallen monastery was already following Benedictine Rule, which required the contemplative study of books and accordingly also stipulated the presence of a library. In the Middle Ages, the town developed into an important hub of culture and education in Europe. Later, the St. Gallen embroideries attracted international recognition and brought prosperity to the town.
St. Gallen is a university town with a focus on the economic sciences. The home town of the renowned «Mummenschanz» theatre group offers a varied cultural offering with theatres and museums. In summer, the romantic art-nouveau Dreilinden-Weiher open-air pool with its splendid views over the town attracts visitors to swim. (Source: myswitzerland & wikipedia)
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sacimar (25975) 2012-01-28 1:44
this is an interesting image, it combines a beautiful building with a lovely scene with these kids, well seen and presented,
Ricx (13495) 2012-01-28 2:05
Hio George, what a refreshing image of anarchitectual building. kids playing and having fun oblivious of the fact that the building has been around for over 1000 years. nice activity and good note . well done Rich
snunney (85659) 2012-01-28 2:15
I rather like this well captured scene. The kids enjoying themselves playing quite unaware of the marvellous architecture in the background. Finely presented with good colours and sharpness. Thanks for sharing and have a pleasant weekend.
SWEETFREEDOM (22898) 2012-01-28 2:16
funny i posted a picture of the same place taken the same years the day before yours. i remember it was very hot for april.
an interesting p.o.v. and nice the inclusion of this children playing
jurek1951 (42160) 2012-01-28 2:46
Great capture of the church with beautiful colours and contrasts.
timecapturer (49288) 2012-01-28 2:48
this is a magnificent building and I like the way you have included the little people to give us a sense of its enormity. A well chosen POV and flawlessly executed with wonderful light and clarity. Beautiful!
Have a great weekend - Brian.
lakshmip1949 (19081) 2012-01-28 3:55
A cheerful image with the kids using the foreground lawn as a playground. I like the way you have combined the architecture and daily life in one. The clothes the kids wearing make a nice color contrast with the gray facade of the cathedral The sharpness and light management are superb.
lousat (78445) 2012-01-28 4:12
Hi George,i like the playing guys on the left of the composition,great idea and great poc to create a magnificent imposing perspective whit the usual top sharpness and colors.Have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano.
jlbrthnn (76037) 2012-01-28 4:16
These kids are great fun on the grassy courtyard of the church. A beautiful image of religious architecture, interesting and very enjoyable. The conditions for the taking, are excellent. Bravo.
Have a nice day
francio64 (38441) 2012-01-28 4:30
buona prospettiva su questa Cattedrale con un piacevole effetto distorsione.
Scena ben animata e movimentata dalla presenza in FG, dei bambini che giocano.
siudzi (34047) 2012-01-28 5:35
An interesting scene has been captured. The playing group of kids in the foreground makes it full of life and joy. Great work. TFS.
Sergiom (62028) 2012-01-28 6:12
Un point de vue très bas qui se place au niveau des enfants qui jouent sur la pelouse au pied de cette superbe église avec un ciel de toute beauté.
dta (68096) 2012-01-28 9:51
Hello George ,
A splendid baroque cathedral !
Like the way you've managed the distortion from this difficult POV . The children in the FG give some joy to the scene .
prasun984 (5590) 2012-01-28 11:35
fantastic shot with nice perspective to captured the BG architecture...nice play of warm light on the Cathedral...
the playing kids in FG add a good dynamism in this image...
nice POV,superb clarity...great light management with nice color contrast & sharpness...
siamesa (27747) 2012-01-28 13:08
Boa noite George
Very nice architecture and an excellent point of view. The children playing in the square give the joy mood to this composition.TFs
emka (80912) 2012-01-28 23:55
So, it is the end of Warsaw gallery? beautiful view of this Swiss cathedral. Very nice scene of the kids playing.
Warm regrads form sunny winter Warsaw
bukitgolfb301 (36488) 2012-01-29 1:24
Hi my dear George
Another great splendid frameworked shot!
Great combination of innocent childrens and a great architecture. Clear and sharpness color are also remarkable as usual. Thanks for your sharinig with finest work and have a nice Sunday evening!
Takero from sunny but so cold Tokyo
Silvio1953 (124653) 2012-01-29 1:30
Ciao George, great POV on fantastic cathedral, lovely composition with nice playing children, excellent clarity, splendid light and wonderful natural colors, very well done, my friend, have a good Sunday, ciao Silvio
dkmurphys (50218) 2012-01-29 1:45
Very fine coomposition with the good mood generated by the kids playing. Well seen, have a nice Sunday afternoon.
npecanhuk (66862) 2012-01-30 12:41
Lively urban atmosphere!
Very beautiful picture!
Sharpness, exposure, colors, chosen pov, vertical format, black & white borders and composition are all excellent here too!
TFS - congrats,
- Copyright: George Rumpler (Budapestman) (82620)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2007-04-28
- Categories: Daily Life, Architecture, Artwork
- Camera: Canon Digital EOS350D
- Exposure: f/13.0, 1/400 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2012-01-28 1:32