Gaudí crypt - Colonia Güell

Gaudí Heritage, World Heritage
This is the crypt built in the Colònia Güell by Antoni Gaudí, who initially designed a large church. It is considered one of his most important works for its complexity and because he tried out many of the ideas on it that he later incorporated in the Sagrada Família.

Colonia Güell was a textile colony where the architect Gaudí planned to build a large church, though in the end, due to financial problems, only the crypt and entrance portico were finished, between the years 1908 and 1914. Nonetheless, it is still considered one of Gaudí's most important works given its complexity: the crypt is adapted to the hill’s slope through the main altar, has five naves (one central and two on each side) and was built with basalt stones, giving it an ancient look.

Inside are four irregular columns that surround the altar, situated in the center. The stained glass has an abstract cross-shaped design and blends almost imperceptibly with the iron that frames the windows, irregular as well. At the entrance, a composition made of ceramics represents the four cardinal virtues.

This combination earthy colours, multiplicity of forms inspired by nature and integrated with the exterior landscape, dialogue with space and nature, and strong symbolism make crypt something of a magic cave, both natural and artificial, where Gaudí tried many of the ideas he would later incorporate in the Sagrada Familia.

Colonia Güell, designated Property of Cultural Interest, is an example of 19th century innovations in one of the largest industrial complexes in Catalonia where people worked, lived and attended school.

At Colonia Güell, one can visit the church-crypt, "Gaudí’s most hidden treasure", where the brilliant architect experimented for the first time with many of the architectonic solutions he would later use. In 2005, the crypt was designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

  • Architectural style: Modernist
  • Year of construction: 1898
  • Architect: Antoni Gaudí i Cornet
  • People: Gaudí
  • Languages: Catalan, Spanish, English
  • Ownership: Mixed or both
  • Opening hours - summer : 1 May to 31 October: Monday to Friday from 10:00 to 19:00; Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays all year round from 10:00 to 15:00.
  • Opening hours - winter: 1 November to 30 April: Monday to Friday from 10:00 to 17:00; Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays all year round from 10:00 to 15:00.
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No facilities available for the deaf or those with hearing impairments
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Main access: ramp
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WHAT IS AROUND HERE?
Gaudí crypt - Colonia Güell
  • Gaudí crypt - Colonia Güell

  • Address:Street Claudi Güell, 6

  • 08690 Santa Coloma de Cervelló

  • Barcelona / Costa Barcelona

  • Gaudí crypt - Colonia Güell
  • Gaudí crypt - Colonia Güell

  • Address: Street Claudi Güell, 6

  • 08690 Santa Coloma de Cervelló

  • Barcelona / Costa Barcelona

  • Telephone:936 305 807

  • E-mail:coloniaguell@adleisure.com

  • Web:http://www.gaudicoloniaguell.org

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