Several hundred years ago, the free Walsers lived in the Calfeisen valley. Today, the former Walser settlement of Sankt Martin is a popular excursion destination and starting point for hikes into the UNESCO World Heritage Tectonic Arena Sardona.
· UNESCO-Welterbe Tektonikarena Sardona
Since the 15th Century, the guild «zum Notenstein» had been the association of the tradesmen, in a few cases also joined by members of other professions, for example other independent professionals. Thanks to their political, economic and personal connections, the «Notensteiner» had a considerable influence on the development of the city.
An oriel window communicates with the street. It expands the view of the residents, and simultaneously makes them visible. Oriel windows were prestigious, a way for wealthy families to highlight their status and openly compete with one another.
The well-preserved building materials of the embroidery quarter from the beginning of the 20th Century highlight the incredible economic and architectural dynamism of the embroidery era in St.Gallen. Here, the leading architects of the day were commissioned by the embroidery companies: Curjel & Moser, Wendelin Heene, Anton Aberle, Leuzinger and more.
The head office of “Union Bank of Switzerland” and the embroidery market was constructed between 1889 and 1891. Unlike most other commercial sites of the embroidery period it wasn’t built on green land but on the ground of the medieval historic district of St.Gallen.