Colonia Güell – ENG

Considered one of the most surprising workshops twentieth century architectural innovation

Just 20 minutes from Barcelona found the Colonia Guell. With a crypt is the work that served as a test laboratory for the Sagrada Familia

Currently in Colonia Güell an important artistic heritage is preserved


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iconmonstr-map-2-icon-300x300What to see in Colonia Güell?

The tour of modernist industrial origin Colonia captivates visitors with its charm and tranquility of the environment that conveys the atmosphere of the nineteenth century that still lingers in the streets and make it so special. .

Visitors can stroll watching the unique and beautiful created by modernist architects of the time where you will find the most characteristic features of this movement buildings.


On the one hand the use of the work seen as vindication of a popular and traditional Catalan architecture and the incorporation of new techniques and new materials such as iron or trencadis cerámica.Los most unique buildings in the Colonia Guell are:

Ca l’Ordal

By Francesc Berenguer and Joan Rubió, he is the only residential building built colonial remembering the old farmhouses and inhabited farmers working the fields.

Ca L’Espinal

This building, designed by Joan Rubió Bellver, is named Mr. Espinal, in charge of the administration of the colony housing and higher quality of Cologne.

Can Soler de la Torre

Old farmhouse of the seventeenth century as a residence for utilitzada Güell from before building the colony. The building has typical elements of Catalan farmhouses like the sundial, the lintel doorway or gallery, although the roof is hipped. Attached to the farmhouse there is a chapel dedicated to the Mother of God of Sorrows with a bell tower typically baroque chair. The interior was restored by architect Berenguer.

La Casa del Secretario

It was the home of the secretary of the Colonia Guell, and has constructive characteristics that differentiate it from other buildings. It is made of coated brick masonry stone imintando. It stresses the entrance to the house making chamfer on which an open platform decorated at the bottom by Catalonia shields flanking a shield with the Cross of San Jordi, elements that are repeated in the cornice opens.

School and teacher’s house

To the left the school is located, with a treatment of stone slabs on the facade and large windows, while on the right, stands the tower.

The Ateneu Unió: Located in the main square is where the bar was, the library and the pool was where the choir was rehearsing The Machinist.

The Fontova Theatre: It was the place where all kinds of recreational and cultural representations of nature were made.

Medical home: This is a building with ground and first floor, covered façade using brick as a decorative element and was where the medical service and a permanent pharmacy was.

Cooperative: Works of Francesc Berenguer and Joan Rubió, with use of brick as a decorative element of the railings of the balconies, was where the inhabitants of the colony bought food that paid at the end of the week when charged from the factory.

Parish Center Sant Luis Its main function was the girls’ school. It was also the social center of the religious entity called Patronato Obrero of the Holy Family, which offered activities for children: games, gymnastics, regional dances, catechesis, etc.

The Convento de las Monjas: Residence Carmelite nuns them where these nuns had cured the sick and watched newborns workers.

La Fonda: building floor and floor openings pointed arch topped by brick, where technicians and representatives who visited the factory were staying.

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Crypt Gaudí

The visit to the Gaudí Crypt is much more than a simple visit to one of the great works of Gaudí, is also to understand the work in its historical, social and sociological context thanks to an environment that has endured over time without major changes.

The importance of the church in Colonia Güell Gaudí’s work because it is the first time using unitarily its architectural innovations. Such com is Gaudí himself said if he had completed had been “a monumental model of the Sagrada Família”.

In the church we find the catenary arches which, while simplifying the problem of loads, determine the use of exterior walls shaped hyperbolic paraboloid. In this same spirit of integration dynamic and fluid treatment of the interior space or mechanisms merging the building with the natural environment adapting different levels of the ships to the slope of the hill and materials are of similar colors and textures to the ground should and vegetation.

All these contributions are original solutions that respond to the will of synthesis of structural planning, construction techniques and architectural forms, but also enriched with the aesthetic and symbolic value of the purely ornamental elements. The church of the Colonia Guell also includes numerous examples of Gaudí domain of applied arts, both as regards the furniture elements as the purely ornamental.


Winter 01-11 / 30-04

  • Weekdays 10h – 17h
  • Saturdays, Sundays and bank holidays 10 – 15h
Summer 01-05 / 31-10

  • Weekdays 10 – 19h
  • Saturdays, Sundays and bank holidays 10 – 15h



  • Entry € 7
  • Entry + audioguide € 9
  • Ticket + € 9.5 Crypt tour
  • Ticket + guided tour of Colonia Güell € 9.5

  • Entry € 5
  • Ticket + € 7.5 audioguide
  • Ticket + guided tour € 8 Crypt
  • Ticket + guided tour of Colonia Guell 8 €

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iconmonstr-map-2-icon-300x300How to get to Colonia Güell?

_318-9378How to get to colonia Güell by car?

  • Access from B-2002 between Sant Boi de Llobregat and Santa Coloma de Cervello.
  • From the C-31 (direction Sant Boi de Llobregat), the C-32 (exit 53) and A2 and A7 (Directorate Sant Boi de Llobregat).

You can park your car in the parking and complimentary enabled and follow the directions to reach the center of attention of the visitors, or can park your car or motorcycle mismas dentro de las calles de la Colonia Güell.

038455-glossy-black-icon-transport-travel-transportation-train8-sc43How to get to colonia Güell by train?

Ferrocarriles de la Generalitat de Catalunya

From Plaza Espanya, Barcelona, Lineas S33, S8 and S4. Trains every 15 minutes. Estación Colonia Güell

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From the Visitor Centre, Colonia Güell Accueil is to organize the visits Colonia Güell Modernist complex of ya la Iglesia.

In this center the visitor will find a space museum with about contenidos architecture, with special attention to the church, as well as on the culture that sociedad y vio nacer the Colonia Güell.

With a current musealisation and very visual in this exhibition da is a global vision of what this place fue, like Vivien its people, the fear that its construction, the church Gaudi, etc.

The exhibition consists of five Ámbitos Las Colonias Industriales factory, The people, the Colonia Güell and the Church of Gaudi, where thanks to Experiences interactive, audiovisual or with the reproduction of the model esterostàtica the great architect design to build the church , it facilitates our understanding that that one small mundo fue y fue hace más de 100 años

blue lineRutas-HistoricasHistory of La colonia Güell


Comenzó a formarse en 1890 por iniciativa del empresario Eusebi Güell en su finca Can Soler de la Torre, y allí trasladó la industria textil que tenía ubicada en Sants (Barcelona). El interés por alejarse de los conflictos sociales presentes en la ciudad hizo que la nueva industria textil de Güell, -equipada con la más moderna tecnología de la época- se plantease en el marco de una colonia industrial con las casas de los obreros al lado de la fábrica, integradas en la misma propiedad. Todavía hoy constituye un núcleo urbano con personalidad propia, aunque su vida social y económica ya no está tutelada por la empresa.

El proyecto de colonia obrera ideado por Güell disponía de hospital, fonda, escuelas, comercios, teatros, cooperativa y capilla, además de las fábricas y las viviendas de los obreros. Gaudí se encargó de la planimetría del conjunto, para lo que contó con la colaboración de sus ayudantes Francesc Berenguer, Joan Rubió y Josep Canaleta. Personalmente se encargó del diseño de la iglesia, de la que sólo se construyó la cripta, ya que a la muerte del conde Güell en 1918 sus hijos abandonaron el proyecto.

El resto de edificaciones corrieron a cargo de los colaboradores de Gaudí: Francesc Berenguer construyó la Cooperativa (con Joan Rubió,1900) y la Escuela (con su hijo Francesc Berenguer i Bellvehí, (1912-1917); Joan Rubió construyó diversas casas particulares, como Ca l’Ordal (1894) y Ca l’Espinal (1900); Francesc Berenguer construyó asimismo el Centro Cultural Sant Lluís (1915-1917) y la Casa parroquial (1917).

El movimiento sindical y las reivindicaciones obreras también llegaron a la Colonia. Con el inicio de la Guerra Civil en 1936 la fábrica fue colectivizada y gestionada por sus trabajadores. Acabada la guerra fue restituida a la familia Güell, la cual en 1945 la vendió a la familia Bertrand Serra.

Los años siguientes, la Colonia mantuvo la producción industrial y la personalidad de núcleo urbano bien diferenciado del pueblo de Santa Coloma de Cervelló. Este último fue creciendo hasta superar en población a la Colonia, hacia los años sesenta.

La fábrica cerró en 1973 en el marco de una crisis generalizada del sector textil produciendo un fuerte impacto social en la Colonia. En los años posteriores la propiedad se fue vendiendo: la fábrica en fracciones a empresas diversas, las casas a sus habitantes y los equipamientos y terrenos del entorno a instituciones públicas.

En el año 2000 comenzaron las obras de restauración del recinto industrial para convertirlo en un parque de negocios con capacidad para albergar hasta 6.000 empleados. En el proyecto colaboró Óscar Tusquets, arquitecto que también participó en proyectos como la ampliación de la Facultad de Medicina de Barcelona y la remodelación del Palacio de la Música Catalana. En la actualidad, los trabajos de restauración del edificio Filatures y Tint Vell han finalizado y albergan en sus oficinas empresas como F. Iniciativas, Sodexo, y Adding Plus.

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