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Visit to Colonia Güell and the Gaudí Crypt: one of the most original works of Catalan modernism

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About 20 minutes by car from Barcelona, ​​the Colonia Güell It is located in the town of Santa Coloma de Cervelló and represents the beginnings of the great originality of the genius of architecture, Antoni Gauí.

The crypt of Colonia Güell, is listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and is one of the most interesting works of the author. In addition, being away from the city center you will barely find queues and, for a more honest price, you can enjoy with tranquility the details that carved the fame of one of the most influential architects of the twentieth century.

Colorful mosaics of Gaudi under a Mediterranean blue sky

The businessman and patron Eusebi Gûell, at the end of the 19th century, due to the continuous social conflicts, was forced to move his textile factory to the outskirts of Barcelona.

It was installed in Santa Coloma de Cervelló where a small city was built according to the times and needs of the factory: modernism was installed in the daily lives of the inhabitants with homes, theaters, schools, shops and churches. During the project several architects participated and Antoni Gaudí was in charge of building the church that we now know as the Gûell Crypt.

The church consists of two naves, lateral towers and an elevated dome. Gaudí gave free rein to his innovations and incorporated the so-called trencadís Ornamental, ceramics and their color began to integrate into the landscape and natural environment, something we have found so common in Catalan modernism in later works.

Visit to Colonia Güell

Exterior tower of the Gaudí Crypt

The visit to Santa Coloma de Cervelló is not only reduced to the Crypt built by Antoni Gaudí. The church was just one of the buildings that Eusebi Güell built for its workers near the textile factory. Around it the buildings that sheltered during the nineteenth century spread to its inhabitants and workers created by other modernist artists of the time.

The iron, the trencadís Ceramics and other usual techniques in modernism meet along the streets of Cervelló and we can enter one of them to get an idea of ​​the lifestyle of their workers and family in the late nineteenth century.

The colorful rosettes inside the church

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