Before the famous La Sagrada Familia Catholic church in Barcelona, Spain, its chief architect designed another church in a place called Colonia Guell, about a 25 minute train ride from the center of the city.
Eusebi Guell was an industrialist in the late 19th century and early 20th centuries. He moved his business of Barcelona because of civil unrest and he built his textile complex at Colonia Guell. He commissioned Antoni Gaudi to build the church.
The church was never completed, and there was conflicting reason as to why Guell cut off the funding. Only the crypt was finished, and it’s used today as the modern community’s church. The unfinished terrace was actually supposed to be the church floor.
The building is a much smaller scale of the massive La Sagrada Familia, but it seems Gaudi was testing his ideas that would later be used in Barcelona.
Here are photos we took from our little trip. (Most are Tedly’s shots, four are mine.)
This was a good way to spend a a couple of hours outside Barcelona, away from throngs of tourists. The day we went there were hardly any other tourists, perhaps because it was lightly raining.
In addition to the church, tourists can walk around the village with an audio guide to see other buildings of note by other architects. (The audio guide also has entries on Gaudi’s church.)
Don’t miss the videos inside the exhibition at the information center where you get the audio equipment. Former workers describe their lives inside the factories. The Guell family tried to do the right thing, and I loved watching these videos.
Round trip train tickets and the audio tour cost just under $19. We bought our tickets at the kiosk in the Renfe station at Placa de Espanya. There are attendants around the machines if you have questions or need help.