Santa Coloma del Cervelló - Colonia Güell
In 1898 Count Eusebi Güell, the great patron of Antoni Gaudí, had a social settlement laid out for the workers in his textile factory in Santa Coloma del CervellóGaudí was commissioned to build a church for the settlement and his preliminary sketches reveal a startling similarity with the Sagrada Famiàlia. However the church in the workers' settlement was actually not built in the same style as the latter.The lower part of the planned church, the so-called crypt, was constructed between 1908 and 1916 on a pine-clad hill. In its design two aspects are clearly visible: on the one hand the static and formal structural details of Gothic - in so far as these were adopted by Gaudí - and on the other hand the principle of "oblique supports" which he introduced, and which, together with parabolic enclosing arches, permits a spatial design free from all restraints. The mosaics, especially the one above the main doorway, are particularly noteworthy. The pews in the church were also designed by Gaudi.
Address: Santa Coloma de Cervelló, E-08690 Barcelona, Spain
Opening hours: Apr 1 to Oct 31: 10am-2pm, 3pm-7pm; Sun: 10am-3pm, 3pm-7pm
Nov 1 to Mar 31: 10am-3pm
Nov 1 to Mar 31: 10am-3pm
Entrance fee: FREE
Guides: Guided tour available as optional extra.
Transit: Rail: From Placa d'Espanya to Moli Nou.
The massif of Montseny lies almost 50km/31mi to the northeast of Barcelona and 30km/19mi inland from the Costa Daurada. This mountainous area is where the Riu Tordera has its source.The Serra de Montseny is a low mountain range almost completely covered by forest. At the Turó del Home it reaches 1,712m/5,617ft and this represents the highest point in the Catalan coastal range. Important sources of income are forestry and agriculture; tourism also plays a role, for the national park which lies within the area is very popular for walking and recreation.
Santa Fe del Montseny
From Sant Celoni, situated in the valley of the Riu Tordera, a very winding but extremely scenic road with fine views across to Santa Fe del Montseny (Altitude: 1,100m/3,609ft), the most important locality within the national park. The village has grown up around a former abbey and today forms a good base for mountain walking. To the west rises the Turó del Home, the summit of which offers superb views in all directions and is the site of a meteorological station.
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Benedictine Monastery - Church
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