Barcelona is par excellence the capital of modernism. However, in the outskirts, you can also find incredible gems of architecture, which the general public sometimes forget. We want you to know them. Take our Renfe-SNCF in Cooperation high speed train and enjoy the Catalan architectural magic.
View of the exterior and architecture of the Güell Colony
Located near Barcelona, in de Santa Coloma de Cervelló, the Güell Colony is considered as one of the architectural references of its creador, Antoni Gaudí and one of the most important modernist complexes in Catalonia. This industrial working colony, created by Eusebi Güell in 1890 is different from the others because he gave this colony many cultural equipments, as for example a school and a church, the latest one unfinished, which is the basis of the Sagrada Familia. Although it was closed in 1973, it was restored at the beginning of the 21st century and it is now a big touristic attraction, specially the amazing crypt, made by Gaudí. Due to the cultural wealth of the complex, the Güell Colony was declared an Asset of National Interest in 1991, and the most significant buildings are now protected, as well as the general building features.
Pere Mata Institute
Pere Mata Institute building
Built by Lluís Domènech i Montaner between 1897 and 1912, the Institut Pere Mata is a mental hospital located in Reus, near Tarragona. In the year 2013, it was declared Cultural Feature of National Interest.
The building is split into various pavilions. The number 6, also called “The Pavilion of the Distinguished ones” is the most famous. There, the richest patients were interned and they had more luxuries and services, like for example billiards rooms. It is still used as a mental hospital and is also a centre of social security.
Science and technique Museum in Terrassa
The headquarters are one of the main examples of the modernist architecture in Catalonia: the Vapor Aymerich, Amat i Jover, made by the architect Lluís Muncunill between 1907 and 1908. It is called “vapor”, in English “steam”, because the factory used water steam to move the machines. The machinery is one of the main attractions of the museum. When it was working, it was a textile factory from the years 20 until it closed in 1978. In 1983, the Generalitat of Catalonia bought the building and converted it into the current Science and Technique Museum.
The Montferri Sanctuary
The Montferri Sanctuary is a beautiful chapel located in Montferri, near Tarragona. Made by Josep Maria Jujol, Gaudí’s main disciple, its construction began in 1926 but because of big economic problems, it was postponed until the end of the 20th century, when it was finally finished.
Cooperative Cellar of Gandesa
View of the exterior and architecutre of the winery. Images from its website.
Considered as one of the 7 wonders of Catalonia in 2007, the Cooperative Cellar of Gandesa, in Tarragona, is a work by the Catalan architect Cèsar Martinell i Brunet. The amazing interior with a catalan vault and the different pavilions for the reception and distribution of the wine are essential for the enology and architecture lovers.
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