Nicht umgesetztes Projekt eines Klosterneubaus. Federzeichungvon Pater Gabriel Hecht, um 1720/26.

The city of St.Gallen has a rich historical heritage. Its origin can be traced back to the creation of the abbey, whose early heyday created cultural and academic momentum of general significance to the West. In addition to this, St.Gallen also has a long tradition of trade.

Milestones in the history of the city of St.Gallen

  • 612: Gallus moves as a hermit to the location of today’s city of St.Gallen
  • 719: creation of the abbey by Otmar
  • 9th and 10th centuries: the abbey of St.Gallen becomes a renowned cultural hub within Europe thanks to its unique library
  • 10th century: craftsmen, builders and other workers settle outside the abbey walls
  • 12th century: St.Gallen develops into a town
  • 15th century: St.Gallen becomes a leading “linen town” in the Lake Constance region
  • 1600: St.Gallen linen becomes the most important export of the Swiss Confederation
  • 1721: the production of cotton cloth replaces the linen industry
  • 1798: the city state and the abbey are abolished as sovereign states and temporarily integrated into the canton of Säntis
  • 1803: Napoleon orders the creation of the canton of St.Gallen with the town of the same name as its capital
  • 1860: start of the “age of embroidery”, the heyday of the St.Gallen embroidery industry
  • 1918: St.Gallen, Straubenzell and Tablat combine to form the political municipality of St.Gallen with around 7,000 inhabitants
  • 1920: changes in fashion and the after-effects of the First World War plunge the city and the embroidery industry into an economic crisis
  • 1950: economic recovery following the Second World War
  • 1970: Economic boom results in the growth of the city’s population to 80,000 inhabitants. For the first time since the Middle Ages, the service sector overtakes the textile industry in size.
  • 2000: population levels out at 70,000


City of St.Gallen

9001 St.Gallen

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