Everyone visiting Barcelona wants to enjoy Gaudí’s architecture and decorative arts but… not many get to visit the beautiful Cripta/Church at the Colonia Guell. It will be appropriate to describe it as “Gaudí’s best kept piece of art” or “off the beaten path Gaudí”
This Church of Colonia Guell is an unfinished work by Antoni Gaudí. It was built as a place of worship for the workers of the textile factories of Mr. Guell. However with Güell losing profits from his business, the money ran out and only the crypt was completed.
The Colonia Guell is located 15 kilometers away from Barcelona city center. It is an Industrial colony and as such was conceived as a socio-economic organization that had industrial production as their primary purpose. Eusebi Güell improved social conditions for his workers and sponsored cultural activities. He provided cultural and religious amenities at the Colònia Güell, which were built in Modernista style by various architects whom he commissioned, notably Antoni Gaudí, who was responsible for the church.
Despite remaining unfinished, the church represents a high point in Gaudí’s work. For the first time, almost all of his architectural innovations are combined in this building.
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