Lapidarium of the Abbey library, St. Gallen

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View the oldest library collection in the country at Lapidarium of the Abbey library. Founded by St. Othmar on the site where St. Gall had established his hermitage, the library holds 2,100 manuscripts dating from the 8th through 15th centuries as well as almost 160,000 published volumes. The library books are available for public use, except for those printed before 1900, which must be read in the reading room. Admire the Rococo-style architecture of the renowned library hall, designed by Peter Thumb. Exhibitions here explain the history of writing and the development of paper and books. Use one of the audio guides in English or take an English-language guided tour, available at specific times. You must wear oversized slippers provided by the library upon entry. Plan to see Lapidarium of the Abbey library and other attractions that appeal to you using our St. Gallen trip planner .
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  • The Binliothek reminded me strongly of the Trinity College in Dublin. The library room was smaller than expected, the old books and the beautiful architecture but still very impressive. Also the information about the monastery and the calligraphy were very interesting. Only the architectural remains in the cellar were not particularly exciting.
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  • This library is a hidden Paradies for historical interest people. Located near to the famous cathedrale of St.Gallen, just few steps and you find handwritten books which are hunderds of years old. Wha...  more »
  • If you like books and is interested in European history, it is necessary in this library. The sight is uniquely beautiful and there are many interesting.
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  • This review is strictly about the lapidarium. When you buy a ticket, you get access to both the library, which is amazing, and the lapidarium, which is... I don't know actually! Everything is in German, so we couldn't understand a single thing. Don't bother going there. Only the library is worth it.
  • Amazing, it is like walking into a time capsule. Sadly photos are not allowed but it is well worth a trip here to see it in person.
  • Simply stunning. Great place to dwell for a while and reflect on your life.
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  • The world's first printed Bible seen. Entrance fee is, it wouldn't hurt. The entrance is upstairs. By elevator or stairs up to the one on the floor from the entrance on the left.
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