Sankt Gallen Abbey

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Country : Switzerland
Denomination : Roman Catholic
Order : Benedictan

Established : 747

Arms (crest) of Sankt Gallen Abbey

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The Abbey was founded in 747. Around 613 Gallus, according to tradition an Irish monk and disciple and companion of Saint Columbanus, established a hermitage on the site that would become the monastery. He lived in his cell until his death in 646, and was buried in Arbon. Afterwards, the people venerated him as a saint and prayed at his tomb for his intercession in times of danger. His symbol is a bear, which is also used as the arms of the Abbey.

The abbey was dissolved in 1805.

Arms of Abbots

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