Athletic will be for nine in one of the jewels of attractive Switzerland. St. Gallen is one of the most important enclaves for its visitors, with a great splendor in times past. Its soaring Baroque Cathedral or the library of the Diocese attest to this.
San Galo, as it is also known, is located in the northeast region of the Swiss country, in a valley at approximately 700 meters above sea level, which makes it one of the highest cities in the country and receives a large amount of snowfall in winter. The place is situated between Lake Constance and the Appenzeller Alps. The city center is built on unstable terrain, so the buildings at the bottom of the valley are built on stilts. A clear example is the train station and the adjacent square.
The origins of the city are due to the Irish monk Gallus, who came to the surroundings of Lake Constance with the evangelizing mission of converting the Germans to Christianity. A century later a prosperous Benedictine monastery flourished there, dedicated to the saint, which became a cultural center of great importance. The monastery, converted into the Rococo style, remains the undisputed jewel of Sankt Gallen. Its library shelters a collection of more than 150,000 bibliographic treasures. For a reason, this enclave is called ‘The city of books’. UNESCO banned road traffic on its streets to safeguard its treasures. The city is surrounded by countryside, mountains and forests. A dream place.
As time passed, St. Gallen shook off the empire of religion and grew as the seat of a university specializing in economic and legal sciences. The city also lives off the textile industry and embroidery. Today is a place to understand a little better the social changes that took place in central Europe after the change brought about by the Reformation.