Abbey of Saint Gall

The Abbey of Saint Gall (German: Abtei St. Gallen) is a dissolved abbey (747–1805) in a Catholic religious complex in the city of St. Gallen in Switzerland. The Carolingian-era monastery has existed since 719 and became an independent principality between 9th and 13th centuries, 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 of the Abbey is one of the oldest monastic libraries in the world.[2] The city of St. Gallen originated as an adjoining settlement of the abbey. Following the secularization of the abbey around 1800, the former Abbey church became a Cathedral in 1848. Since 1983 the abbey precinct has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Cathedral of St Gall
The Cathedral of Saint Gall
Kathedrale St. Gallen
LocationSt. Gallen
CountrySwitzerland
DenominationCatholic
WebsiteWebsite of the Cathedral
History
StatusActive
Founded8th century
Architecture
Functional statusCathedral
Heritage designationUNESCO World Heritage Site
StyleBaroque
Specifications
Number of domes1
Number of spires2
Spire height68 m (223 ft)[1]
Administration
DioceseCatholic Diocese of Saint Gallen
Clergy
Bishop(s)Markus Büchel
CriteriaCultural: ii, iv
Reference268
Inscription1983 (7th Session)
Hot air balloon shaped as the Abbey of Saint Gall

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