January 12, 2014

David Oliete.

One of the most important (and perhaps most inspiring) traditions of CataloniaSpain, is that of building castells – human towers usually consisting of up to 500 people, often up to 10 men high. The custom dates back to the late 18th century, and usually takes place during certain festivals throughout the year in Catalonia as well as the Balearic Islands. The most important castell-building event during the year however, is the prestigious Concurs de Castells, a biannual competition that takes place in the city of Tarragona where castell teams compete to produce the tallest and most difficult human tower. Constituting a significant part of Catalonian culture and a true celebration of human collaboration, courage and togetherness, castell-building was added to UNESCO’s list of ‘Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity’ in 2010.

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