St. Gallen – the history-changing legacy of one Irish monk

The city that went down into the history as an important cultural and educational center of Europe, as the center of the embroidery industry of Switzerland, and got universal acclaim thanks to its university, St. Gallen or traditionally St Gall – the capital of the canton of St. Gallen –  is the place that evolved from the lonesome hermitage of Saint Gall, founded in the 7th century, into a large urban agglomeration (with around 160,000 inhabitants) that represents the center of eastern Switzerland and bewitches with spectacular ancient and bold modern architecture, adorned with brightly painted oriel windows, beautiful squares with fountains and lots of famous St. Gallen stairs leading up and down to pretty boutiques and cozy squares with street cafés, located in the picturesque setting between Lake Constance and the mountains of the Appenzell Alps.

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