Around 1500 St. Gallen is a self-confident imperial city with extensive trade relations. The Reformation offers her the opportunity to finally emancipate herself from the Abbey of St.Gallen. Joachim von Watt – called Vadian – came from a respected St. Gallen family. After 16 years at the University of Vienna, where he studied, he returns to St. Gallen as a doctor.
Shortly thereafter, he becomes mayor and patron of the Reformation. The city has long strived for independence from the Abbey of St.Gallen. Their desire to decide self-determined in economic, political and church matters now falls on fertile ground. It joins as the second city of the Confederation of the Reformation. Much is being questioned. Especially the veneration of saints heats the mind. The role of the saints as mediators between God and men is rejected. Vadian consolidates the Reformation in the city of St. Gallen. The princely country, however, becomes Catholic again after 1531.
Vadian was born in this house (Hinterlauben)
Joachim von Watt, genannt Vadian, wurde am 29.11.1484 in St. Gallen geboren. Er stammte aus einer angesehenen St. Galler Familie. Vadian war ein Schweizer Humanist, Mediziner und Gelehrter sowie Bürgermeister und Reformator der Stadt. Das bronzene Standbild erinnert an Leben und Wirken Vadians und wurde 1904 vom bekannten Schweizer Bildhauer Richard Kissling gestaltet.