Statues - Hither & Thither

Switzerland
Sankt Gallen
Sankt Gallen (Kanton)

Klosterhof
(Kathedrale St. Gallus und Otmar)

Heiligenstatuen an der Stiftskirche

Saint Statues at the Cathedral

Various sculptors
1757-60

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Description

Baroque collegiate church of St. Gall and St. Othmar, since 1824 cathedral. The façade shows on all sides statues of saints.

    West side

    In a niche at the top of the gable:

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  1. Mutter Gottes as Immaculata / St. Mary, with text "GRATIA PLENA luc.i.28"

    East side

    At the central bay between the two towers a convex façade with a relief in the top and two statues on the buttresses:

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  1. Marienkrönung / Coronation of the Virgin Mary, made in 1934 by Alfons Magg after the example by Feuchtmayer.
  2. ST. DESIDERIUS - Sankt Desiderius von Langres / Saint Desiderius of Langres (St. Didier) (c. 315 - c. 355), bishop of Langres (Wikipedia).
  3. ST. MAURITIUS - Sankt Mauritius / Saint Maurice, leader of the legendary Roman Theban Legion in the 3rd century, and one of the favorite and most widely venerated saints of that group (Wikipedia).
    Originally, the statues by Oechslin - after the originals - were placed here, they are now at the St. Galluskapelle. In 1930 and 2003 they were renewed.

    North side

    Above the entrance:

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  1. Christus Salvator
    Copy after Wentzinger.
    Four statues in niches at the north façade of the rotunda:

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  1. (top left) St. Gallus / St. Gall - (Ireland c. 550 - Arbon c. 646), Irish disciple and one of the traditional twelve companions of Saint Columbanus on his mission from Ireland to the continent; portrayed as an abbot blessing a bear that brings him a log of wood (Wikipedia)
  2. (top right) St. Otmar / St. Othmar (near St. Gallen c. 689 - Werd Island c. 759), monk and priest appointed as the first abbot of the Abbey of St. Gall (Wikipedia).
  3. (bottom left) St. Petrus / St. Peter - (possibly died AD 67), apostle, featured prominently in the New Testament and the Acts of the Apostles. Patron saint of locksmiths and confessors. Usually depicted holding the keys to the Kingdom of Heaven in his hand. Peter is the first Pope (Wikipedia)
  4. (bottom right) St. Paulus / St. Paul - the Apostle, (c. 5 - c. 67 ), persecuted the early followers of Jesus before switching sides and seeking to join them. He was instrumental in creating the Christian Church. He is the protector of tent-makers, theologians and the ecclesiastical press and is depicted with a sword. (Wikipedia).

    South side

    In the gable relief:

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  1. St. Gallus / St. Gall (with a bear) (Ireland c. 550 - Arbon c. 646), Irish disciple and one of the traditional twelve companions of Saint Columbanus on his mission from Ireland to the continent; portrayed as an abbot blessing a bear that brings him a log of wood (Wikipedia).
    Four statues in niches at the south façade of the rotunda. These statues are only visible from the closed court and through the windows of the library.

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  1. (top left) St. Magnus von Füssen / St. Magnus of Füssen (8th century), missionary saint in southern Germany, also known as the Apostle of the Allgäu (Wikipedia).
  2. (top right) St. Notker I. von St. Gallen / St. Notker the Stammerer (c. 840 - 912), musician, author, poet, and Benedictine monk at the Abbey of Saint Gall (Wikipedia).
  3. (bottom left) St. Benedikt / St. Benedict (c.480-543), Patron saint of Europe and students; founded communities for monks. Benedict's main achievement is his "Rule of Saint Benedict", containing precepts for his monks (Wikipedia).
  4. (bottom right) Eusebius von Vercelli / St. Eusebius of Vercelli (Sardinia c. 283 - Vercelli 371), bishop of Vercelli (Wikipedia).

Sculptors

Sources & Information

Tags

  • Desiderius of Langres, St.
  • Eusebius of Vercelli, St.
  • Façade with statues (church)
  • Feuchtmayer, Joseph Anton
  • Gall, St.
  • Magg, Alphons Friedrich
  • Magnus of Füssen, St.
  • Mary, St.
  • Maurice, St.
  • Notker of Saint Gall, St.
  • Othmar, St.
  • Paul, St.
  • Peter, St.
  • Wentzinger, Johann Christian
  • Location N 47°25'23" E 9°22'36"

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