Home > Barcelona City Pass > Cripta Gaudí and Colonia Guëll

Cripta Gaudí and Colonia Guëll: Exciting industrial and architectural history and a legendary work by Antoni Gaudí

The Cripta Gaudi from the outside with lighting The Cripta Gaudi from the outside Street in the Colonia Guëll Interior view of the Cripta Gaudi Mosaic in the Cripta Gaudi Building in the Colonia Guëll

Discover the industrial and architectural history of the 19th and early 20th centuries in a former textile factory and the unique church of the industrial colony. The atmosphere of the 19th century is still preserved in the streets of Colonia Guëll. The Gaudí crypt in Colonia Güell is an insider tip from the architect's oeuvre. It is an exceptional example of his architecture and blends perfectly into the surrounding forest with its organic structures. The Cripta Gaudí has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2005.

A church by Antoni Gaudí on a factory site?

What there is to see and experience in the Colonia Guëll: Discover the Cripta Gaudí and much more

The development of Colonia Güell began in 1890 on the initiative of the entrepreneur Eusebi Güell on his estate Can Soler de la Torre in the municipality of Santa Coloma de Cervelló, today the district of Baix Llobregat. As was customary at the time, Guëll built a company headquarters with the workers' houses next to the factory on the same plot of land.

Historical classification

Guëll endeavoured to achieve social improvements for the workers. He therefore provided Colonia Guëll with cultural and religious facilities. In particular, he commissioned Antoni Gaudí to build the church. This gave the industrial colony an almost village-like character.

The construction of the textile factory

The factory was the central core and raison d'être of Colonia Güell. It was dedicated to the production of velvet and panas. Each of the buildings that made up the factory was used for a specific task in the process of turning cotton into fabric.

The end of the Colonia Guëll

With the decline of the textile industry, production in the factory also ended and with it the use of the colony as a place of residence for the factory workers.

Creation of the Cripta Gaudí

In 1898, Eusebi Güell commissioned the architect Antoni Gaudí to design a church for Colonia Güell. Güell gave Gaudí a free hand in the construction of the church. He set him no limits: neither on the budget nor on the construction time.

Construction of the church began in 1908. However, the ambitious project, which envisaged a two-nave church with two side towers and a 40-metre-high central dome, remained unfinished. In 1914, the sons of Eusebi Güell informed Gaudí that they would no longer finance the ongoing work and he had to abandon the project. In November of the following year, the Bishop of Barcelona blessed the lower nave. Its location in the basement, unique in the world, meant that the church was popularly known as the crypt (cripta).

Although it remained unfinished, the church represented a high point in Gaudí's work, as it was the first to incorporate practically all of his architectural innovations in a unified form.



  • Cripta Gaudí: UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2005
  • The most famous building in Colonia Guëll and early work by the famous architect Gaudí
  • The Colonia Güell church also contains numerous examples of Gaudí's use of his principles for practical applications in furnishings - such as the ergonomic benches - and in the purely ornamental stained glass windows.
  • Colonia Guëll: The tour of Colonia Güell captivates with its charm and the tranquillity of the surroundings: experience the world of textile workers in the late 19th century.
  • Exhibition: In the building of the former Colonia co-operative you will find a permanent exhibition with a good overview of the Colonia, its inhabitants and the work of Antoni Gaudí.


Opening hours

Mon.-Fri. 10 am – 5 pm
Sat. + Sat: 10 am – 3 pm 

Closed: 1 and 6 January and 25 and 26 December. 



Your admission ticket is already included in your Barcelona City Pass.

Please dress appropriately to visit a religious place.


Important information

  • Audio guides in 10 different languages (Catalan, Spanish, English, French, Italian, German, Japanese, Chinese, Russian and Korean)
  • Guided tours (Spanish and Catalan; please refer to the information on the website https://gaudicoloniaguell.org/info-practica/)
  • Wifi available in the visitor centre
  • Free visitor car park



How to get there

Only 20 minutes from Barcelona by train: 

FGC from Plaza España; lines S3 + S4 to Colonia Güell station 



Calle Claudi Güell
08690 Colònia Güell
Santa Coloma de Cervelló Barcelona 

Google map icon

Click here
to see on google maps

Scroll to top

Barcelona City Pass

Free admission to Barcelona's museums, attractions, and tours. Free travel on public transport and discounts included.

citypass buy
Book now

incl. VAT and service fees, excl. shipping fees

Barcelona City Pass