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The Abbey library of St. gall

In the period from VII to XVIII century St. Gallen himself was considered the Abbey. Founder believe a monk named Gall, a native of Ireland. With 719 of the year, it was decided to begin construction of the monastery.

The Abbey library St. Gallen is one of the oldest libraries in Europe. She is listed as a world heritage due to its unique interior and incredible collection of rare books and manuscripts of the middle Ages.

At the entrance you can immediately see the inscription in Greek: "Pharmacy of the soul". Immediately visitors will be asked to change shoes or wear special Slippers so as not to damage the inlaid wooden floors. You can then enter the hall.

The Abbey library located in a separate building next to the Cathedral. This building is made in a pompous Baroque style under the project of Peter Tambola. Halls, in which are innumerable shelves of books in the Rococo style. The ceiling is the largest of them is decorated with frescoes with images of scholars on the four Ecumenical councils.

In addition to the usual rooms crammed with racks, height from floor to ceiling, there are special storage facility, which houses many rare documents and manuscripts, which are almost never placed on display. Photography is prohibited here.

The list of treasures of different cultures this library is truly amazing - there is a considerable number of Irish manuscripts, more than a dozen manuscripts belonging to seventh-eighth century, including a Latin manuscript of the gospel of 750 years. There are also specimens attributable to the era BC.