Not all Gaudí sites are overcrowded; the Colonia Güell is a hidden gem that will surprise you. About half an hour from Barcelona, we arrive at a former town factory that Eusebio Güell and his family owned; Mr. Güell and Mr. Gaudí did many projects together, like the Park Güell and the Palau Güell. So when he moved one of his many factories outside Barcelona, he trusted Gaudí again to build the Church in his new town.
The Crypt is one of the main attractions in Colònia Güell is the Crypt, which was intended to be a church. Gaudí designed this crypt as a prototype for his famous Sagrada Família in Barcelona. It’s a masterpiece of modernist architecture and is often considered more innovative and experimental than its more famous counterpart.
Cultural Heritage: Colònia Güell is not just about architecture; it’s a living testament to Catalonia’s industrial history. The town was built in the late 19th century as a worker’s colony for a textile factory, and it provides insights into the social and economic conditions of the time.
Tranquil Setting: Unlike the bustling city of Barcelona, Colònia Güell offers a more peaceful and tranquil atmosphere. It’s an ideal place to escape the crowds and noise of the city and enjoy a more relaxed visit.
After we visit the Colonia Güell Crypt, we’ll go towards Montserrat to enjoy some time surrounded by nature, culture, and spirituality.
Carolina was our guide to Montserrat and under her exceptionally pleasant guidance, we walked to the top and took the funicular railway down. It was quite a nice hike up that apparently few undertake, preferring to take the rail up and walk down as an option. The solitude, vistas, and plant life were beautiful
Rich & Helene Osswald
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