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Kloster St Gallen

Kloster St Gallen

St Gall is often depicted with a bear companion. According to legend, St Gall's holiness was so great, that when confronted with a wild bear, instead of attacking him, the bear brought him firewood and remained his companion for life.

Bear iconography still exists in St Gallen, and although the abbey has not been active for two centuries, its cathedral is still an important place of worship.