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“Extra special Gaudi - take time to see it”

Colonia Guell Gaudi Crypt
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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“Extra special Gaudi - take time to see it”
Reviewed May 22, 2012

I had heard about this very special Gaudi building - one just outside of Barcelona though very easy to get to by train from Plaza Espagna. The Gaudi Crypt is only one part of what there is to see in this village that was developed by the industrialist Guell to house the workers who worked in his textile factory, The little village is really interesting and you can spend a good 2-3 hours wandering around and looking at the cool building in the village. Really well worth it and a nice change from the bustle of Barcelona. An excellent example of the genius of Gaudi but other architects buildings to see in the village too. The audio tour very well worth it too!

Visited May 2012
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“gaudi's lesser known church”
Reviewed May 21, 2012

If you want to see another of Gaudi's creations, this is a wonderful place to go. It is a little out of the way, and there are few tourists here, so no crowds to fight or worry about. It is easy to get to, though,being right off the FCG renfe train line, and has it's own stop. Once off the train, follow the blue footprints and go to the office to buy your tickets. We got an audioguide too, (2 euros) that explained the sights on the map of the colonia guell, and gave a little history of the community and the people that lived there. It was a nice little walk around the area. The church was amazing. It is unfinished, but still breathtaking. It is in true Gaudi style, the nave and the terrace are full of parabolic curves, and mosaic. Nature plays a large roll, with palm trees everywhere, and the black virgin in the corner. Just Beautiful!

Visited May 2012
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London, United Kingdom
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“Gaudi's hidden jewel”
Reviewed May 8, 2012

The crypt/church of La Colonia Guell is exquisite. Words can't describe. The 'porch' is amazing - full of texture and colour, with palm-tree-like columns and arches. And more of the same inside. I can't describe what Gaudi's architecture does for me - it is so in harmony with its surroundings, nature, people - it comforts and is comfortable, it uplifts, it calms. He was an amazing man and architect. And every detail is thought out. The holy water stoups (large clam shells with wrought iron supports) are the same as those in the Sagrada Familia, except that the ones here don't have the silver rims. It is very different from Sagrada Familia though, but just as important to see - both point to God. The rest of La Colonia Guell is also worth seeing, with many fascinating buildings by other architects, and it is an insight into Gaudi's patron Guell, a great benefactor of the period. Make a day of it - it's only 20 or so minutes by train from Placa d'Espanya, so take a picnic to eat in the grounds or eat at one of the three restaurants, and wander round, especially allowing time for the church and to do the complete walk.

Visited May 2012
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“A worthwhile side trip from Barcelona”
Reviewed April 22, 2012

We had heard that the Gaudi Crypt was Gaudi's greatest architectural achievement. I am neither an architect nor an engineer, but I do know that the church has a serenity that is missing from all too many religious buildings.
It is definitely worthwhile to take a half day and visit the church, letting its nature envelope you.

Visited April 2012
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Brooklyn, NY
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“Awesome Church”
Reviewed April 19, 2012

Spectacular mosaic work. True Gaudi goodness off the beaten path. So glad I took the tour that went here. I would have been sad to have missed it.

Visited September 2011
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