Old Town atmosphere, St Gallen
St. Gallen features one of the most picturesque old towns in Switzerland: many of the houses and buildings being from the 16th and 18th century, sometimes with painted facades, often adorned with wrought-iron signs and carved and painted wooden oriel windows. Walk along the pleasant alleys and browse through the many small and charming shops.
Architecture from different eras characterises St.Gallen’s cityscape. Stroll through the attractive Old Town with its quaint narrow streets and lively squares. Linger at one of the street-side cafés or refresh yourself at one of the typical “first-floor pubs,” which is an Old Town restaurant located on the first floor.
Exactly 111 oriel windows adorn the façades of houses in the pedestrian zone and they bear witness to the successful textile buyers who used to live here. You will find most of the artistically carved oriels in the following streets: Spisergasse, Marktgasse, Kugelgasse and Schmiedgasse.
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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lousat (77848) 2012-01-30 4:25
Hi George,a magnificent capture very very rich of elements,details and colors,the sharpness is at the top like the management of the differents lights levels,great shot and crop,i like it!Have a nice week and thanks,Luciano
lakshmip1949 (19081) 2012-01-30 4:26
A nice impressive shot from Switzerland. Like the sharp and well lit image with beautiful colors. Lots of life with the cyclist and pedestrians. Very cheerful atmosphere.
TopGeo (38204) 2012-01-30 4:53
Hello George! daily life the most beautiful and wonderful choice POV. Beautiful details, architectural forms and the colors and perspective to the good image of vertical frame! is the village of characteristic architecture view that I like Best regards
sacimar (25975) 2012-01-30 4:59
this is a good image of this beautiful street, I like the atmosphere you captured here, the details are excellent, well seen,
Sergiom (61210) 2012-01-30 5:21
Tu nous offre un beau détour très réussi par la Suisse aujourd'hui. Le cadrage vertical va chercher les maisons sur les hauteurs ce qui place tout dans son contexte.
snunney (84971) 2012-01-30 5:38
A great composition of this attractive ensemble of architecture captured under a lovely ambient light. The people contribute to the mood of the shot. Beautifully presented with good colours and sharpness.
timecapturer (49286) 2012-01-30 6:00
a beautifully composed shot, with the squashed perspective so effective. The quality of the light is perfect as is the exquisite sharpness and clarity. Amazing architectural detail all presented perfectly. Bravo!
Have a great week - Brian.
jlbrthnn (76037) 2012-01-30 8:13
Modern elements of the photo are very nice to see, but will be more ephemeral than these splendid facades. The composition is beautiful, the quality is perfect. Bravo.
Have a nice day
cornejo (32224) 2012-01-30 8:49
György Helló, jó lövés a gyönyörű építészeti, nagyon éles és mély, nagyon jól áll, jó fény és szép színek, szép munka nagyon jól végzett barátom, gratulálok. Jó napot és boldog hét. TFS.
György Hello, excellent shot of this beautiful architecture, very sharp and deep, very well composed, with good light and beautiful colors, lovely job very well done my friend, my congratulations. Good afternoon and happy week. Tfs.
besnard (53756) 2012-01-30 9:53
Un bon de choix de format pour mettre en valeur cette architecture élégante et très intéressante. Du bon travail.
Je te souhaite une bonne soirée.
ourania (32169) 2012-01-30 10:13
this is a wonderful cadre that comprises a big part of this beautiful, picturesque town in two levels. Despite the different light conditions in the street and up the hill, the picture is very clear and well lit. All the details of the architecture, chromatic hues and even small reflections are clearly visible and the photo gains vividness and a lovely atmosphere. It's a really beautiful place, thank you for presenting it in this way!
All the best,
jurek1951 (42160) 2012-01-30 10:28
Good capture,composition.Beautiful architecture,good note.
Gigidusud (16299) 2012-01-30 11:11
Beautiful photo!Nice city with the original houses.Great composition and framing.
prasun984 (5590) 2012-01-30 11:34
very nice street shot with nice framing by the wonderful architectures beside the road...nice design & patterns of the architecture with graphism...the parking cars & people activity in the street is a addition touch...
nice POV...good light management with nice color contrast & sharpness as usual...
npecanhuk (66362) 2012-01-30 12:27
Magnificent and very charming urban environment!
Wonderful architectural details!
Very beautiful and attracitve picture!
Sharpness, exposure, colors, vertical format, black & white borders, chosen pov and composition are all excellent!
TFS - congrats,
vasilpro (40933) 2012-01-30 12:43
Wonderful composition with a beautiful view to the old town, excellent POV, interesting architectural details, lovely light and colors, very good clarity, sharpness and contrast, TfS!
Warm regards, Vasilis.
siamesa (27743) 2012-01-30 16:06
Boa noite George
Simply fantastic! The buildings make an impressive painting in the photo. Perfect exposure. Amazing capture.
Graal (97885) 2012-01-31 0:08
Jó napot George,
new serie I see. Now from Switzerland. I like the old architecture. Nice vertical composition and presentation from S. Gallen. Good note.
Have a nice day.
i9l2y1m8a8t3 (4798) 2012-01-31 17:56
The zoomed image is really nice and gives us a great DOF. Excellent framework and composition! Love the exposition on the details of the house, the people on the scene are a nice bonus.
Silvio1953 (123643) 2012-01-31 22:33
Ciao George, lovely composition with fantastic architecture, nice insertion of bikemen, splendid light and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
dkmurphys (50032) 2012-02-01 0:14
Indeed a splendid atmosphere in that old part of the city. Well catch, beautiful details.
macjake (57074) 2012-02-01 8:48
So we're showing Switzerland now! awesome!
as a lover of architecture, there are so many subjects to view here. i like how the city seems to climb and climb up the frame.
well composed city street views.
COSTANTINO (56271) 2012-02-01 12:09
a nice title that describes a lot of
details,impressive shot from Switzerland
beautifull composed shot with people
walking and cyclists
the quality of shot is perfect
ChrisJ (99338) 2012-02-03 0:41
A good daily life scene of the cyclists enjoying the not too busy streets of Sankt Gallen. Good sharpness, colour & vertical framing. Tfs!
jjcordier (76860) 2012-02-11 0:09
Une magnifique photo de cette très jolie ville joliment éclairée. Très bon cadrage.
- Copyright: George Rumpler (Budapestman) (82620)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2007-04-28
- Categories: Daily Life, Architecture, Artwork
- Camera: Canon Digital EOS350D, Canon Zoom Lens x3 5.8-17.4mm 1:2.8-4.9
- Exposure: f/9.0, 1/500 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2012-01-30 4:17