Gaudi’s Crypt

Gaudi’s Crypt

Gaudi’s Crypt was built thanks to the artist Antonio Gaudi. He intended to build a church, but due the lack of funds, only a crypt and access to the church were built in the period between 1908 and 1914. Nowadays, the crypt is of utmost importance because it is believed that Gaudi put to test many techniques and ideas. The crypt is considered very significant and specific owing to that belief, the works are very complex, and it was constructed prior to the construction of Sagrada Familia.

Regardless of the fact that there is an unfinished Gaudi’s idea, the location is very busy and visited, and it looks beautiful. It is highlighted as one of Gaudi’s most important works. The crypt is made of basalt concrete and because of that it seems as if it was made of wood. Irregularly shaped pillars are placed around the altar. Besides the crypt, Gaudi also made the access to the church with ceramics. It is believed that many techniques Gaudi implemented in the construction of Sagrada Familia, he put to test there. Its looks resemble a timeless cave.

Colonia Guell is considered a national treasure of cultural importance. The village is also known under the name of Santa Coloma de Cervello whose founder was Eusebi de Guell. In order to avoid social conflicts, he found the association for workers in textile industry. Industrial colony follows the Modernist style. There are housing areas near the factory, and the company established solid living and working conditions for the workers. The factory got expropriated in 1936, during the Civil War, but years later it was given back to the Guell family. They sold it to industrialist in 1945, but it was shut down in 1973 during textile crisis. Due to its history and unique design, we recommend visiting Colonia Guell. It offers an experience that you will want to share with everybody.

  • It is believed that the crypt is Gaudi’s biggest treasure; it follows the Modernist style.
  • The crypt is one of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
  • Working hours during summer (1 May – 31 October, Monday – Friday, 10.00 – 15.00, Weekend (whole year) – 10.00 – 15.00)
  • Working hours during winter (1 November – 30 April, Monday – Friday, 10.00 – 15.00, Weekend (whole year) – 10.00 – 15.00).
It is a 20-minute drive away by train from Barcelona.

Author of the text:

Maja Glavaš, Bachelor with Honours in Communicology. Works in Tourism.
Contact: [email protected]; instagram: travel_europe1

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