Oriel window decoration in the Old Town, St Gallen
Architecture from different eras characterises St.Gallen’s cityscape. The attractive Old Town features quaint narrow streets and lively squares. Exactly 111 oriel windows, a typical feature of St. Gallen’s architecture, adorn the façades of houses in the pedestrian zone and they bear witness to the successful textile buyers who used to live here. The Market Square on the northern side of the Old Town is surrounded by houses of the 17th and 18th centuries with oriel windows. At the eastern side of the marketplace is the Waaghaus (weighthouse), a white façade structure built in 1583. Also worth a glimpse is the Karlstor (Karl’s Gate), built in 1569/70 and named after the Archbishop Milan Carlo Borromeo. It’s the only remaining outer gate of the city’s original 11 gates. It is situated in the east of the Abbey District.
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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JFS (32459) 2012-01-31 23:07
Perfect shot of this fantastic decoration, very well presented and framed. Your note is very interesting too.
thanks and best regards,
jhm (156410) 2012-01-31 23:35
Sharpness and clarity make these picture extraordinarily lovely.
Excellent detailed of these sculptures.
Composition and presentation are excellent.
Very well done, TFS.
Graal (103036) 2012-01-31 23:54
Jó napot George,
amazing decorative sculptures. Good captured place and theme. Photo is well done. Great work of any artist.
Have a nice day.
dkmurphys (61929) 2012-02-01 0:37
Impressive detail, a well spoted scene.
Enjoy a beautiful day.
snunney (103165) 2012-02-01 1:38
A superb capture of this magnificent carving. The detail is wonderful to behold and you have captured it perfectly under a very good light. Amazing craftsmanship.
lousat (94632) 2012-02-01 2:08
Hi George,not easy to take so well these beautiful details,excellent idea and excellent work,nice to see something to different on TE,i like it! Have a nice day and thanks,LUCIANO
lakshmip1949 (19081) 2012-02-01 3:11
A beautiful carving with lots of details. Excellent lighting, sharpness with soft colors. Your note is very interesting.
timecapturer (49288) 2012-02-01 3:27
Exquisite detail here, so fascinating and captured perfectly. The light management brings out all the relief and textures superbly. Well done!
Regards - Brian.
Silvio1953 (148333) 2012-02-01 6:24
Ciao George, great detail of fascinating decoration, excellent sharpness, splendid light and colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
Sergiom (84301) 2012-02-01 6:35
Ce genre de composition est bien loin de ta palette habituelle. Elle est d'une grande richesse de détails et de netteté.
John_F_Kennedy (43757) 2012-02-01 6:51
This is beautiful and worth seeing decoration here.
jlbrthnn (76039) 2012-02-01 8:41
the first second I believed a picture of India. The details are superb. The clarity and quality are excellent, the picture is interesting. Bravo.
Have a nice day
vasilpro (41619) 2012-02-01 11:56
Wonderful composition, beautiful and interesting details, excellent symmetric POV, lovely light and colors, very good clarity and sharpness, TfS!
mesutilgim (96224) 2012-02-01 12:07
Hello dear George,
Interesting and teachfull capture from StGallen.
Amazing is that those two flanks at left and right are typicla biblical scenes whereas the lipon at the cener is a typical fareastern lion !
TFS and best regards
mauro61 (52857) 2012-02-01 15:07
un close up ben realizzato su questi particolari con la lavorazione che esce in tutta la sua bellezza,
siamesa (28123) 2012-02-01 15:38
Boa noite George
Amazing decoration of this window. Very beautiful details.
Excellent capture and point of view.
jurek1951 (42196) 2012-02-01 20:21
Very interesting architecture. Original POV and composition. Very good shot. Well done
Royaldevon (40978) 2012-02-02 1:04
Good Morning George,
It is sometimes a pleasing contrast to see the sharp detailed work of a relief rather than the entire work, and it it sets different challenges to the photographer.
You have tackled this really well, presenting it almost like a picture, with excellent sharp details and subtle hues. The border complements the shot.
Have a good day,
- Copyright: George Rumpler (Budapestman) (82620)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2007-04-28
- Categories: Architecture, Artwork
- Camera: Canon Ixus 50
- Exposure: f/4, 1/100 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2012-01-31 22:33