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Architecture of Colònia Güell

After we visited Gaudí's Church (Crypt) of Colònia Güell, we toured the little town with Jose Antonio. I guess I could have photographed my delicious gazpacho at lunch ;-), but the settlement's main claim to fame is its unusual architecture, which was delightful. Some history from the Barcelona Turisme site:

"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 kilometers to the southwest of Barcelona. 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."
Ca l'Ordal (1)
Ca l'Ordal (1)
Ca l'Ordal (2)
Ca l'Ordal (2)
Ca l'Ordal (3), detail
Ca l'Ordal (3), detail
Ca l'Ordal (4)
Ca l'Ordal (4)
Ca l'Ordal (5)
Ca l'Ordal (5)
Main street building
Main street building
The palm
The palm
L'Estelada flag
L'Estelada flag
Fence post
Fence post
Distinctive windows
Distinctive windows
Secretary's House with bat (and ever-present pigeon)
Secretary's House with bat (and ever-present pigeon)
Quiet street
Quiet street
School and teacher's house
School and teacher's house
Ca L'Espinal (1)
Ca L'Espinal (1)
Ca L'Espinal (2)
Ca L'Espinal (2)
Ca L'Espinal (3)
Ca L'Espinal (3)
Ca L'Espinal (4)
Ca L'Espinal (4)
Ca L'Espinal (5)
Ca L'Espinal (5)
Smart trim
Smart trim
Brick and stone
Brick and stone
La Cooperativa
La Cooperativa
For sale
For sale
Town view
Town view
Ending at Plaça Joan Güell
Ending at Plaça Joan Güell