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Colònia Güell

the Colònia Güell, one of the most pioneering purpose-built industrial villages of the 19th century is located in the town of Santa Coloma de Cervelló, 23 Km to the south-west of Barcelona. Gaudí developed the architectural innovations of his later works in the church crypt, which has been designated a Unesco World Heritage site.

In 1890, social unrest made it necessary for the industrialist and patron of the arts, Eusebi Güell, to move his textile mill to Santa Coloma de Cervelló. the new project involved the creation of an industrial village with amenities which would improve the workers' quality of life: terraced houses, an athenaeum, theatre, school, shops, gardens and church. some of the leading modernista architects of the day were involved in the construction of the village, resulting in highly beautiful spacious buildings. Antoni Gaudí was commissioned to design the church and his project consisted of an upper and lower nave, towers at the sides and a belfry measuring 40 m in height. In 1914, when the lower nave had been completed, the Güell family withdrew funding for the project. the church, now known as the crypt, included Gaudí's architectural innovations for the first time. catenary arches, outer walls and vaults in the shape of hyperbolic parabolas, decorative broken mosaic tiling, known as "trencadís", and the integration of materials into their natural surroundings.

The mill closed in 1973 due to the crisis in the textile sector. in the year 2000, refurbishment began on the more than 20 unique buildings in the Colònia Güell.

General details


Address: Carrer de Claudi Güell, s/n (08690). Santa Coloma de Cervelló
Phone: 936 305 807
Web site: www.gaudicoloniaguell.org
E-mail: coloniaguell@adleisure.com
Opening time: 1st November to 30th April: Monday to Friday, from 10am to 5pm. Saturday, Sunday and public holidays, from 10am to 3pm.
1st Mai to 31st October: Monday to Friday, from 10am to 7pm. Saturday, Sunday and public holidays, 10am to 3pm.


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Accessibility details


There are guided tours on Sundays at 12 noon in Catalan or Spanish.

Pre-booking is essential for group tours in other languages or on other days. Phone 93 630 58 07 or e-mail coloniaguell@adleisure.com
Visual impairment
Exploring the streets of the Colònia on a guided tour or accompanied by someone who can describe the buildings, read the signs, etc. is a good way to find out about the layout and surroundings of the village.

Visitors cannot touch the models on display at the Interpretation Centre because they are in display cases. Nevertheless, it is interesting to visit this site and listen to the audiovisuals featuring witness statements and the sounds of life in the Colònia.

We also recommend visiting the crypt to understand its shape and touch the benches and other elements.
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Hearing impairment
Guided tours in sign language on the first Saturday of every month at 12 noon. Pre-booking essential.
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Motor impairment: accessible with assistance
The FGC Colònia Güell station is accessible.

Wheelchair users may require assistance to get around the streets and paths in the Colònia because some of them are sandy and others are steeply sloping. Nevertheless, most of the village is asphalted and can be visited without any problems.

The Interpretation Centre is accessible. There is a lift to the display of models and audiovisuals. There are adapted toilets opposite the centre.

There is a mobile ramp, which is available on request, to help visitors enter the crypt.


Last update: 23/01/2014

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