Top 100 Largest Libraries In The World - P21.Abbey Library of Saint Gall – St. Gallen, Switzerland


( Its wide-ranging collection of manuscripts – some of which date back to the 8th century – helps make the facility at the Abbey of Saint Gall in St. Gallen, Switzerland one of the most significant monastic libraries on the planet. Along with the rest of the abbey, it is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for being “a perfect example of a great Carolingian monastery.”

The Abbey Library of Saint Gall (German: Stiftsbibliothek) was founded by Saint Othmar, the founder of the Abbey of St. Gall. During a fire in 937, the Abbey was destroyed, but the library remained intact. In 1983 the library together with the Abbey of St. Gall were made a World Heritage Site, as 'a perfect example of a great Carolingian monastery'.

The library hall designed by the architect Peter Thumb in a Rococo style, was constructed between 1758-67.The library collection is the oldest in Switzerland, and is one of earliest and most important monastic libraries in the world.

The library holds 2,100 manuscripts dating back to the 8th through the 15th centuries, 1,650 incunabula (printed before 1500), and old printed books. These manuscripts are placed inside the glass cases. Irish, Carolingian, and Ottonian are among the best of these manuscripts. The library holds almost 160,000 volumes, and most are available for public use. To know your interest of what you want to read there is a clue at the top of the shelf where you can see cherubs giving clues for your interest.

According to wikipedia.

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