Plan of Saint Gall - Derivative Works - Umberto Eco

Umberto Eco

According to Earl Anderson (Cleveland State University), it is likely that Umberto Eco references the Plan in his novel The Name of the Rose:

  • "perhaps larger but less well proportioned" (p. 26): Adso (a character in the book) mentions actual monasteries that he had seen in Switzerland and France (St. Gall, Cluny, Fontenay), but the standard of "proportion" most likely alludes to the Carolingian (9th century) "Plan of St. Gall," which sets forth an architectural plan for an ideal monastery.

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