Colonia Guell Gaudi Crypt
Colonia Guell Gaudi Crypt
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Gaudi’s most hidden treasure, the Gaudi Crypt which is located inside the Colonia Guell, a textile village packed with surprises just 20 minutes outside Barcelona. The Crypt is the church of twisted columns, the laboratory for the Sagrada Familia which was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2005. The Crypt has been the first World Heritage Site to obtain the Biosphere certification
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satboy78
Barcelona, Spain172 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021
Only the crypt is worth a visit, all the other places are closed and private, so it's possible only to see the facades; moreover, at some point, the audio guide is suggesting to move to some parts of the Industrial Area, but it's private so impossible to do it, so the audio guide is describing places that cannot be viewed/visited. Sagrada Familia visit with audio guide costs 26 euros, and there are so many things to see, Colonia Guell is not worth 9.5 euros. Avoid it!
Written March 29, 2021
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clarisiza
Dublin, Ireland45 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2015 • Friends
I didnt know what to expect but I went with a friend who told me that Guell opened this "small city" for all his workers so I assumed since you have to pay to enter that you were allowed to visit all the different buildings (school,convent,factory, the different houses where people like the doctor or the teacher used to live) in actual fact you can only see the houses from outside and to know which is which you are forced to buy a guided tour, basically a real rip off.The only building you are allowed to enter is the church which is indeed designed by Gaudi, it is really great but definelty not worth the price and the trip!
Better to use the money to see the Sagrada Familia and the Parc Guell in Barcelona!
Written July 27, 2015
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Serena P
Lausanne, Switzerland60 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2012 • Family
Inspired by various tour operators, which stop at the Colonia before going to Montserrat, we did the same using a car. The place is quite abandoned - and is a leftover of a number of unsuccessful projects. Firstly, Mr. Guell's (a businessman and Gaudi's sponsor), which had grand plans for his textile business and also Gaudi's. Gaudi wanted to build an enormous church (commissioned by Mr. Guell) and ended up basically with a "basement" and the rest unfinished. The roof, windows and pillars are nice, but its definitely not a "must to visit" when in Barcelona.
Written August 23, 2012
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Tony A
Barcelona109 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
My wife and another couple wanted to visit somewhere outside Barcelona but not too far as my friend is heavily pregnant and is due any day now.

We decided to take a drive to Colonia Guell in St Coloma de Cervelo. There lies a delightful Catalan villiage that was owned by a rich textile family Eusebe Guell ( of the Guell family) He built the town to house his workers and was famous for taking a real interest in the welfare of the inhabitants by investing in the arts and development of the villiage.

He also commisioned the famous Guadi to build a church for him. The Church is vintage Gaudi with his characteristic 'lines of nature' and colourful mosaic stone walls. Unfortunatley due to a downturm in the economy the work was never finished as the Guells ran out of money.

It is a very little know church and I think it is well worth a visit. There is a delightful square where you can enjoy a perfect Catalan meal.
Written November 6, 2007
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Alfred P
Hong Kong, China162 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2013 • Friends
i went to my Barcelona 5 days trip in october. being one of my favorite cities, this is the fifth trip and still something new to enjoy- this is about 20 minutes drive outside the city in a small village- accessible by train and a short uphill walk- the best thing is that one cannot imagine a beautiful church- completely designed and built during gaudi's life time- can attract so few visitors! we visited in a weekday afternoon- and there were 8 of us - with 2 other couples!!! the place was a gem- with all the beautiful and ingenious design by the grand master ( he used this as a pilot project for the infamous Sangra Familia). It was well kept and still used as the local church. My photographic friend was having a fantastic time - taking all the photos at any angles he liked - as the place was near empty. and the village where it was situated was interesting itself- with a good information leaflet - free from the tourist info centre. i really rank this as one of the top 10 sites to visit in and around Barcelona!
Written November 5, 2013
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Tony Y
Aberdeen, UK58 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2013 • Couples
If you're into Gaudi, you have to see this place - it's where the concept of the hyperbolic / inverted catenarian design was first used, and they have a far superior model of it than you will see anywhere else - they thoughtfully put a mirror on the floor, so that the suspended model appears right side up.

You can reach Colonia Guell from the Placa d'Espanya station on line 8 - staff will sell you a combined train / entry ticket. (14 Euros when we went) It's about 20 minutes out of town and a 5 minute walk from the Metro - trains every 20 mins.

A couple of nice bars in the village are a bonus.

We have met professional guides in Barcelona who haven't been here ! Go, - you won't be disappointed.
Written September 1, 2013
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Ocell
Girona, Catalunya64 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2011
We went there with our teenage daughters and we enjoyed the visit of the crypt and all the colony, too. The first thing you have to do is go to the visitors center. There is an exhibition there of the factory and the original plans of Gaudí. It's there where you have to buy the tickets. There are some marked paths to visit this part of the village.

You must be aware that there is a Mass celebration at 11.00 and/or at 13.00. During the mass time, you can't visit the crypt. The visit around the village can take half a day. There are only a couple of bars /restaurants.

You can arrive by car (there is plenty of parking), bus or train. You must wear walking shoes.
Written November 2, 2011
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Newtnews
18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Friends
We booked a private tour using Viator and the reservation didn’t get to the local provider - supposedly. We took ourselves by taxi to Colonia Guell Gaudi Crypt and LOVED IT. Fascinating small village established in the 1890s to keep workers near factories. The Church/Crypt was designed by Antoni Gaudi and is beautiful. His full design was never realized but what is there is wonderful. The village homes were designed by architects, too, many of brick. Great walking tour. Tasty restaurants. Go there!
Written May 17, 2019
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heathmcn
Melbourne, Australia17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2016 • Friends
The Gaudi Crypt at Colonia Guell is absolutely worth the visit. It is early Gaudi design and very beautiful. The crypt opens at 10am. We travelled there by train from Espanya station. Very helpful attendants at the ticket office sold us a ticket from Espanya to Colonia Guell, then another onto Montserrat returning to Espanya station in Barcelona. So, if you are wondering, it is possible to go to both places, in one day, by train. Timing for the onward journey is important as from Colonia Guell, you catch any train to Sant Vinc dels Horts. The R5 to Manresa stops at Sant Vinc dels Hort at one minute past the hour. If, like us, you just miss an R5, you wait one hour for the next one! Despite this hiccup it was a great day and we are pleased we got to visit both locations.
Written October 8, 2016
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L77346
Houston, TX137 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2016 • Couples
If you enjoy Gaudi's architecture and want to learn more about his work, you'll enjoy a visit to Colonia Guell. Colonia Guell is a short train ride from the Placa Espanya station in Barcelona. Combo tickets that include the round trip train fare, admission to Gaudi's crypt and an audio guide are available at the tourist information center at Placa Catalunya for 15 Euros (in Sept. 2016). The visitor center at Colonia Guell is about a 10 minute walk from the train. At the visitor center you pick up the audio guide and admission ticket for Gaudi's crypt. If you don't plan on getting the audio guide, be sure to view the exhibits in the visitor center as on the main floor they provide a good overview of the history of Colonia Guell and on the upper floor a very good description of various aspects of Gaudi's work on the church. In addition there are clean, modern restrooms on the upper floor.

The church is a short walk from the visitor center and is easy to find with the map provided. Essentially, the church (crypt) was Gaudi's lab where he experimented with architectural techniques that he planned on using in Sagrada Familia in Barcelona. The church definitely captures Gaudi's style and you'll see features here that are captured in a much grander scale in Sagrada Familia.

The rest of Colonia Guell is interesting as well for the many buildings constructed in the Catalan modernist style. Colonia Guell was established in the late 19th - early 20th century as a company town for Guell's textile manufacturing business. He felt that his company could be more productive if the workers lived close to the factory.

We visited in early September on a weekday and there were very few other tourists at that time. At the main plaza in town there are a few places to eat or get a drink before heading back to Barcelona.
Written October 5, 2016
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