Discover Gaudí’s Crypt at Colonia Güell, just 20 minutes from Barcelona. This historic textile village dates back to 1890 and is one of Barcelona’s most important sites to understand its industrial heritage. Founded by Eusebio Güell, he employed many modernist architects to create, most notably Gaudí, to help structure and design this new colony with a true Catalan art-nouveau feel.

Highlights:

  • 2014 Certificate of Excellence on Tripadvisor
  • 1990 the Colonia Güell was declared «Heritage of Cultural Interest»
  • Gaudí’s Crypt (UNESCO World Heritage Site)
  • Historic textile estate
  • Permanent exhibitions: Industrial Colonies, The mill, People, Colonia Güell and Gaudí's church
  • Free audio-guide available in 9 languages

Did you know

- The Crypt was declared World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2005

- After being asked to design the crypt, Güell told Gaudí to "do as you please". Setting no limits, timeframes, budgets nor barriers, Gaudí said had the church been finished it would've been a "monumental model of La Sagrada Familia"

- Güell and Gaudí became friends after meeting at the World Fair held in Paris in 1878, after Güell has been impressed by Gaudí's work at the Spanish Pavilion

Things to see:

Evensong

Admire the 19th century modernist architecture that Barcelona is so famous for at one of the city’s most historic sites, Colonia Güell. From brick walls which vindicate the former Catalan folk architecture, to the bold use of iron or ceramic trencadis, step through time as you wander through the streets of this old industrial town. Don’t miss some of the most impressive buildings, Ca l’Ordal, which is a great representation of Catalan country houses, as well as Ca L’Espinal – one of the most esteemed buildings on the estate, and Can Soler de la Torre, which was a former home of the Güell family themselves which dates back to the 17th century.

Gaudí’s Crypt

Gaudí’s crypt is an important historic site not only for its beauty, but as its representation of all of Gaudí’s modernist styles. It’s here that you can see the open nave, doing away with the traditional buttresses, leaning pillars and catenary arches, as well as the more aesthetic ornamental touches that were true to his style from the anti-geometric to the vibrant colour palette. Gaudí even said, it would have been a “monumental model of the Sagrada Familia” should the latter have been completed.

Exhibitions

Colonia Güell’s old cooperative has five permanent exhibitions Industrial Colonies, The mill, People, Colonia Güell and Gaudí's church all bringing to life the estate, how people lived and the life and works of the iconic architect, Antoni Gaudí.

How to get there:

    Train: Ferrocarrils Generalitat de Catalunya (FGC) - Colonia Güell

see the: full list of attractions included

1st May – 31st October
Monday 10.00 – 19.00
Tuesday 10.00 – 19.00
Wednesday 10.00 – 19.00
Thursday 10.00 – 19.00
Friday 10.00 – 19.00
Saturday 10.00 – 15.00
Sunday 10.00 – 15.00
1st November – 30th April
Monday 10.00 – 17.00
Tuesday 10.00 – 17.00
Wednesday 10.00 – 17.00
Thursday 10.00 – 17.00
Friday 10.00 – 17.00
Saturday 10.00 – 15.00
Sunday 10.00 – 15.00

Closed: 1st and 6th January, 25th and 26th December (Public holidays open 10.00 – 15.00)

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Address:

C/ Claudi Güell, 6, 08690 Santa Coloma de Cervelló – Colonia Güell ,

Telephone:

+34 936305807

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