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Gaudí's Little-known Church of Colònia Güell

The Church of Colònia Güell is the unfinished work (only the crypt was completed) of Antoni Gaudí, built for the workers in the industrial park of Colònia Güell, the brainchild of Eusebi Güell, for whom Gaudí had designed Palau Güell just off La Rambla in Barcelona. This fascinating community and church are only a 20-minute train ride from Barcelona, yet they are rarely visited by tourists except as a stop on the way to Montserrat. We met up again with Jose Antonio http://www.pbase.com/joseantonio whose idea it was to journey out to Colònia Güell – and a great idea it was. It was simply a fascinating place. This sub-gallery will just focus on the church. It was small, but is considered to be the precursor and model for La Sagrada Familia http://www.pbase.com/helenpb/barcelona_sagrada -- you can see many similar elements even in the small crypt.
Gaudí's four-armed cross
Gaudí's four-armed cross
Front facade
Front facade
Open window
Open window
Altar
Altar
Impromptu performance
Impromptu performance
Unorthodox pews
Unorthodox pews
Arches
Arches
Jose and I: To each his own
Jose and I: To each his own
Chapel
Chapel
Painted window
Painted window
Virgin of Montserrat
Virgin of Montserrat
Holy Family
Holy Family
More arches
More arches
Giant clam holy water font
Giant clam holy water font
Unusual window
Unusual window
Full view of the crypt
Full view of the crypt
Portico
Portico
Portico pillar
Portico pillar
Above the entry
Above the entry
Vault ceiling
Vault ceiling
Portico window
Portico window
Windows
Windows
Window, detail
Window, detail
Window styles
Window styles
Gaudí's original design for the church
Gaudí's original design for the church
Bell tower
Bell tower
Belltower windows
Belltower windows
Parting shot (or: Away we go!)
Parting shot (or: Away we go!)