This Reunion Cruise tour will give you the opportunity to discover one of the most important jewels of modernist architecture: Colony Güell. An industrial village built to provide accommodation for factory workers and to keep them away from revolutionary movements which were rife in Spain at the time, it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2005.
The construction of the Colonia Güell began in 1890 at the initiative of the entrepreneur Eusebio Güell. In contrast to most industrial colonies in Catalonia, Eusebio Güell worked to improve the social conditions of his workers and applied his cultural patronage in the colony, providing it with cultural and religious facilities of a modernist design which were developed by different architects, most notably Antonio Gaudí to whom he entrusted the building of the church.
Gaudí carried out various preliminary studies which culminated in a model which was placed in a pavilion located on the hill were the building would later be erected. The construction of the temple began in 1908. However, the ambitious project which foresaw a church with two naves, lower and upper, topped by different towers and a 131 ft. high central dome would remain unfinished.
In 1914 the Güell family decided to stop financing the church and Gaudí abandoned the project.
In November 1915 the bishop of Barcelona consecrated the lower nave, the only one to have been built, which resulted in the church being popularly referred to as the crypt. Even though the church remained unfinished, the church is a culminating point of Gaudi's works as this particular construction includes for the first time practically all of his architectural innovations. Its interior includes wonderful mosaics and uniquely designed pews while strategically placed windows with colored glass enhance the lighting.
During your visit you will learn all about Colonia Güell, the lives of its people and of course, Gaudi's project. Before rejoining your coach, you will explore the streets of this small village while admiring some of the architecturally fascinating modernist buildings. Then, climb to the top of Montjuïc Hill where you will pass the 1992 Olympic Ring and Stadium.
Before returning to the pier, you'll enjoy some tapas and refreshments at a local restaurant which also offers up some spectacular views of the harbor and the city.
Please note: This tour includes over 2-hours of moderate walking that includes cobblestone surfaces, steps and inclines. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and not recommended for those with mobility concerns who are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Conservative clothing that covers knees and shoulders; sun cap; sunglasses; sunscreen; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. If a mass is taking place in the Crypt, no photos or video will be allowed.