Cripta de la Colònia Güell

Cripta de la Colònia Güell

Coloured windows at the Cripta de la Colònia Güell, just outside of Barcelona.

Colònia Güell was an artificial community founded in 1890 that combined both living facilities with work in a factory producing textiles. It is an example of social changes at the end of the 19th century that increasingly led to the idea that providing for workers was both a social imperative as well as a means to improve production.

The church for the site was designed by Gaudí and constructed between 1898 and 1915 using his trademark style that combines a very organic structure using natural arches with decorative finishes made from fragments of glazed pottery. However, perhaps the most eye-catching feature today is the ensemble of colourful stained glass windows:

The church is relatively small and, because of restoration work, difficult to photograph well from outside at present. However, as with much of Gaudí’s work, the design is striking:

Colònia Güell is located in the Baix Llobregat, and is a short train ride from Plaça España in Barcelona. For visitor information see the official Colònia Güell web site.

Apologies for yet another “filler” tourist post. It has been a long week here, with three somewhat stressful nights without food or sleep, and 4am encounters with a drug-addled knife wielding lunatic. However, it looks as if finally the troubles that started a year ago may finally be resolved, and I will post more about this when eventually the legal processes are settled.