Interior of the Cathedral, 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.
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.
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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Ninello52 (7572) 2012-01-29 3:27
The central frame makes it very harmonious image and enhances the beauty of baroque architecture! Too bad the light a little too common flattens the image on the other hand, however, brings out the beautiful details that abound in the church!
Best regards and good Sunday! Nino.
cavli (1876) 2012-01-29 3:30
Great indoor picture. very good dof and sharpnes. very good colors and details. nice frame very smytric. tfs
jurek1951 (42160) 2012-01-29 3:41
Very peculiar interior church, very colorful and cheerful. Excellent light and sharpness.
JFS (32459) 2012-01-29 3:46
This cathedral is amazing! A delight for the eyes, and you have captured it masterly, so many details, so much beauty! Thanks George!
snunney (87272) 2012-01-29 3:55
What a beautiful interior and you have captured it perfectly. I like the symmetrical composition with the succeeding ceiling arches creating a fine sense of depth. The image is well exposed and has superb colours and clarity. Very well done. Have a pleasant Sunday.
lakshmip1949 (19081) 2012-01-29 4:21
A grandiose interior with beautiful work and superb colors. The image is perfect with symmetry .The arches in the ceiling give a nice depth.Superb colors and sharpness.
jlbrthnn (76037) 2012-01-29 4:33
I admire the decor amazing, complex and harmonious. Light and color are superb. The framing and sharpness are excellent. Bravo.
Have a nice day
Sergiom (63939) 2012-01-29 6:00
Très impressionnant cet intérieur de cathédrale. Le plafond semble s'exploser dans toutes les directions dans une variété de couleurs douces.
mkamionka (31457) 2012-01-29 9:22
I had the pleasure to visit St Gallen but it was very late and the church was closed. The interior seems spectacular so richly decorated. Very impressive. And you have captured it in a perfect way. I like the symmetry. It is pleasure to look at.
Gigidusud (17287) 2012-01-29 9:53
Beautiful cathedral and great framing.
Thanks for sharing.
Schnappilic (9690) 2012-01-29 10:51
Your symmetrical composition looks so good. There are many beautiful details of this beautiful cathedral. Lovely place! TFS!
All the best,
ktanska (25301) 2012-01-29 12:49
This picture makes me regret that I've never visited inside of this cathedral. Maybe next time. Baroque style is quite distinctive there. Full of details. And colours go together well.
adores (39187) 2012-01-29 14:12
I really like the simple churches I usually show here, but these ones really catch my eye either:)!It's beautiful! - the details, the exposure, the pov... Well done!
emka (82540) 2012-01-29 23:53
Fantastic presentation of the rich Baroque interior. Perfect symmetry, impecable sharpness and colours. I like these arches behind the altar and the rows of benches.
have a nice week
vasilpro (41035) 2012-01-30 0:03
Wonderful interior composition from a Cathedral, vivid colors, excellent light management, interesting architectural details, very nice symmetric POV, very good clarity and contrast, TfS!
Have a nice week, Vasilis.
danos (88841) 2012-01-30 0:30
Good morning George,
excellent the interior scene of the of St Gallen Cathedral,with the decoration from the painting of the walls to creates an image so great and unique.I like the excellent light and colour management as the clarity of the image.
Have a good week,Danos
Silvio1953 (126808) 2012-01-30 0:31
Ciao George, great view of fascinating interior, splendid light, beautiful perspective, excellent clarity and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
jjcordier (77818) 2012-01-30 1:48
Ces intérieurs d'églises baroques sont d'une luminosité incroyable et somptueusement décorées, même si elles peuvent sembler un peu chargées au niveau décor. Tu as réalisé une très belle photo du chœur de cette cathédrale de St Gallen.
jhm (141937) 2012-01-30 3:08
What a beautiful interior and you have captured it perfectly, baroque is always pleasant for look at.
Sharpness and clarity are extraordinarily.
Composition and presentation make this image attractive.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice week,
dkmurphys (50730) 2012-01-30 4:18
Impressive architecture and great decorations. I like this interior photo, well taken.
Enjoy the day.
siamesa (27751) 2012-01-30 6:02
Bom dia George
A rich and marvelous interior of this cathedral.
The details are magnificents. Perfect exposure.
npecanhuk (68118) 2012-01-30 12:30
Sharpness, exposure, colors, chosen pov and symmetrical composition are excellent!
TFS - congrats,
RhodieIke (11742) 2012-01-31 22:49
Wow George, What a cathedral, what opulence,great Pov, you have captured at it's best showing it in all it's glory, Well done, have a nice Wednesday, Cheers Iain.
- Copyright: George Rumpler (Budapestman) (82620)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2007-04-28
- Categories: Architecture, Artwork
- Camera: Canon Digital EOS350D
- Exposure: f/5.6, 1/50 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2012-01-29 3:14