Colònia Güell is not only the most important piece of Modernist architecture from Antoni Gaudí but also a part of the industrial heritage of Catalonia.
This industrial village was built in the late 19th century in order to provide accommodation for factory workers and to keep them away from the revolutionary movements which were rife in Catalonia at that time.
The Güell Crypt is the jewel in the crown of this magnificent complex. It is one of the least-known works by Antoni Gaudí, yet according to the experts, it is the one that best captures the true spirit of his architecture. The building was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2005 and it is popularly known as the church of the twisted columns.
The crypt is still used for Sunday Mass, weddings and baptisms.
There is an Interpretation Center set against the beautiful natural backdrop which welcomes visitors and gives them an overview of this industrial complex. Housed in the former cooperative, it provides an attractive, highly visual insight into what the site used to be like and how its people lived.