Schloss Sargans und Spleekapelle. Foto/Photo: TES.

Sargans Castle and Splee Chapel

Sargans (St. Gallen) was already inhabited before and in Roman times. Archaeological finds of Celtic artefacts and remains of a Roman estate are a reminder of this presence.

After the Romans came the Alemanni and they would stay. The name ‘Senegaune’ appears for the first time in a document in the seventh century.

The foundations of the first church date from the ninth century, the first construction of the castle Sargans from the eleventh century. The Earl of Werdenberg-Sargans, lord of the castle, granted Sargans city rights in 1260.

This dynasty had its origins in the Von Montfort family and, together with its side branches, including Werdenberg-Heiligenberg, would play an important military and political role in Churrätien, today’s Liechtenstein and the canton of St. Gallen, the Lake Constance region and the ambitions of Habsburg.

The city is the capital of the region Sarganserland and has been part of the canton of St. Gallen since 1803. The castle and the Splee Chapel (Spleekapelle) from 1502 still dominate the skyline.