The courtyard at St Gallen Abbey


Within the St Gallen Cathedral precinct you will find the Abbey and its magnificent buildings. Housed in the library is one of the largest collections of Illuminated Manuscripts, dating back to 1215, in the world. Over 200 hand written and illustrated editions are on display and used by scholars and researchers alike to this day. In addition, the library houses over 200,000 ancient books making it a magnet for academics.

The public are allowed to enter into the sterile main area, taking off your shoes and padding around in large Swiss slippers (think clogs but in felt!!). One of the other attractions is an Egyptian Mummy purloined from Egypt in the 15th Century and dating back to 1,500BC. All very amazing and humbling.

Inside the St Gallen Cathedral


The Cathedral and Abbey are full of ornate sculptures and wood carvings


The Cathedral Altar




This was our first Mummy!

The choir stalls


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