Cathedral detail, 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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jurek1951 (42196) 2012-02-03 2:01
Excellent point of view with so fine and beautiful
architectural details! A perfect and very impressive picture,
ChrisJ (116068) 2012-02-03 2:32
Wonderful sharpness with superb warm vs cold colour contrasts between the red & blue. Effective tight framing with lots to look at but not too busy. Tfs!
lakshmip1949 (19081) 2012-02-03 2:46
Beautiful composition showing lots of details. Lovely colors specially the red and the blue. A well lit image with sharpness. You have shown a slice of every thing.
timecapturer (49288) 2012-02-03 2:48
a wonderful shot of this magnificent building and clock. So sharp and resplendent in the bright sunshine. Beautiful and intricate!
Warm regards and have a pleasant weekend - Brian.
JFS (32459) 2012-02-03 4:41
Great close-up and composition, lots of details of this nice arquitecture. Good shot, as always!
jemaflor (99043) 2012-02-03 4:46
Good idea fr this frame with these details, interesting architecture, perfect light and sharpness, tfs.
dta (79525) 2012-02-03 4:52
Hello George ,
It is good to show some close details from time to time :) . Excellent framing , here , with three strong elements , and a perfectly chosen perspective to place the spire in the composition .
Sergiom (82773) 2012-02-03 5:14
Un plan serré qui offre des détails intéressants sur la devanture de la cathédrale. Tout est parfait et trčs net et jouissant d'une luminosité extraordinaire.
jlbrthnn (76037) 2012-02-03 7:12
It's as beautiful as inside. The picture is bright, sharp and nicely colored. Excellent framing. Bravo.
Have a nice day
Royaldevon (40264) 2012-02-03 8:45
Some more exquisite, sharp details, revealing not only the architectural excellence but also the relief and the textures. Your dof is perfect for keeping the interest of the viewers and producing a sense of depth.
Have a lovely w/e,
cornejo (43859) 2012-02-03 11:26
György Szia, nagyon jó éles fotó jó fényt, hogy megmutassam ezeket a szép részleteket. Szép munkát végeztek, és jól áll. Őszintén gratulálok a barátom. Jó éjszakát és boldog hétvégét. TFS.
György Hello, very good sharp photo with good light, to show these lovely details. Nice job well composed and performed. My sincere congratulations my friend. Good night and happy weekend. Tfs.
mauro61 (52857) 2012-02-03 11:31
complimenti per questa immagine dalla gran definizione con le due torri vicine fra loro a riempire egregiamente l'inquadratura.
Ottima come sempre la gestione della luce,
sacavem (18620) 2012-02-03 11:56
The architecture on this facade is glorious. Your very sharp photo shows the detail up very clearly. Thank you for sharing.
dkmurphys (60683) 2012-02-03 12:50
Amazing details of that tower. Well captured artwork, picturesque shot. Have a good night.
francio64 (39888) 2012-02-03 13:48
luce perfetta che arricchisce l'immagine mostrandone ogni dettaglio nei minimi particolari.
Composizione gradevole e ottimo taglio verticale.
siamesa (28123) 2012-02-03 14:02
Boa noite George
These details of the church are beautifuls. tThe clock is a nice complement. The informative note is very good.
macjake (69765) 2012-02-03 15:01
your photos from Switzerland look very similar to those you take in Poland.
you certainly have a personalized style to your compositions.
bright, luminous, fine architecture and excellent compo.
enjoy your weekend
npecanhuk (75592) 2012-02-03 15:24
Those are such magnificent architectural details!
That's such a wonderful picture!
Sharpness, exposure, colors, chosen pov, vertical format, black & white borders and composition are all excellent!
TFS - congrats,
vasilpro (41619) 2012-02-03 23:40
Wonderful composition with interesting architectural details from St. Gallen Cathedral, lovely light and colors, very good clarity and sharpness, excellent POV, TfS!
Have a nice weekend, Vasilis.
- Copyright: George Rumpler (Budapestman) (82620)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2007-04-28
- Categories: Architecture, Artwork
- Camera: Canon Digital EOS350D
- Exposure: f/11, 1/800 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2012-02-03 1:53