MM 2-49: Gaudi’s Crypt in Monochrome

The unfinished church known as Gaudi’s Crypt is located in the village of Santa Coloma de Cervelló, about 20 km west of Barcelona. It’s also known as Güell’s Crypt and as the Church of Colonia Güell but a lot of people call it the Church of the Twisted Columns. This interior shot of the crypt is my entry for this week’s Monochrome Madness Challenge.

The arches and vaulted ceiling of Gaudi's Crypt.

The columns, arches and vaulted ceiling of Gaudi’s Crypt in Colonia Güell.

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Gaudi used twisted columns so that the altar can be seen from anywhere in the crypt’s nave. He also experimented with the use of catenary arches in the building of his brick vaulted ceiling. What he learned from this experiment at Colonia Güell he later put to use in the building of his masterpiece, La Sagrada Familia.

I’ll have more photos of Gaudi’s Crypt and Colonia Güell in my next couple of postings. In the meantime why don’t you wander over to Leanne Cole’s website to view all the wonderful images photographers from all over the world have submitted for this week’s Monochrome Madness Challenge?

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I am a family man with interests in family history, photography, history and travel.
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5 Responses to MM 2-49: Gaudi’s Crypt in Monochrome

  1. disperser says:

    That’s quite the dramatic and imposing construction. Nice perspective, as well.

  2. WOW! I’ve never seen a cathedral like this. It must have been really neat in person.

  3. katieprior says:

    lovely framing. a very impressive ceiling too!

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